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Japan’s Imperial Palace



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Ring of Life
Photograph by Sam Abell

Springtime brings weeping cherries into bloom around the Imperial Palace—also a refuge for many of Japan’s birds. Hundreds of wild ducks spend winter in the moat, where they choose mates before flying to other sites for the breeding season. The moat provides a year-round home for carp and other fish, including American bluegills, which may have been introduced from specimens provided by the late Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago. The bluegills are now considered an invasive species.



Camera: Canon EOS
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia
Lens: 28mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Light rain
Time of Day: Mid-morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light






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