Seen and taken while on an early morning stroll through the Shimonogo area of Ueda Shi, Nagano, Japan. This is a shot of the remnant straw in the rice fields after the harvest, just before they are burned, and the morning fog rising up along the mountainsides, which I love.
Whenever I stay with my wife's family in Ueda Shi, I enjoy going for walks around the neighbourhood and the nearby rice fields in the mornings and in the early evenings, as the views are amazing and the air is very refreshing. Now that I am into photography, the experience is even better (I have only been into photography for about a year and a half now, and I love it), and I go for walks a lot of times on my own. Although there are many things that I love about this area, perhaps my favourite thing is the natural hot springs (onsens), especially the outside pools during the winter. If you have never been to the countryside in Japan, I definitely recommend going. It is definitely a great get away, and very different experience, from the cities.
EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
22mm, f/11, 1/60 sec, ISO 100