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Shin-Etsu Group Original Calendar 2008

Calendar Introduction

NATURE AND LIFEPhotography : Shin Yoshino

The globe is topographically classified in a number of ways. Scenic variation depends on whether such classification is horizontal or vertical, with each using different terminology. The diversity of wild animals differs significantly between continents and countries. The faunas continue environmental-driven evolution by taking perpetual time .
Currently, global warming is the principle issue of concern. The earth's weather and landscapes are being changed by this phenomenon. The results pose a threat not only to wildlife, but also to mankind. Devoting our undivided attention to the beauty of our earth while renewing our awareness of the value of nature are crucial in the struggle to protect natural lives from their extinction.

January & February:
Canada Jasper National Park Athabasca Glacier

Canada is a vast country represented by forests and lakes. The expression of natural scenery differs markedly depending on location. Banff National Park and Jasper National Park provide quintessential examples of the Canadian Rockies, offering up 3,000-meter mountains replete with glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier in the Colombia Icefield is especially well known. Churchill - a town on the shores of the Hudson Bay in Manitoba Province - is now a popular base for sighting polar bears on their migratory routes.

March & April:
Australia Near Alice Springs

Although there are over 600 types of eucalyptus trees in Australia, koalas are reputed to only eat several types of them regularly, and only live in the forests on the east and southeast coasts of the continent. Red kangaroos - another marsupial widely associated with Australia - live in the dry inland areas, which account for one third of the continent. The faunas coexist with nature adapting them to certain environments in accordance with their food habits.

May & June:
Japan Nagano Taisho Lake

A variety range of colors can be seen in the four seasons in Japan. Mountainous scenery is especially beautiful in Nagano prefecture, where both the Northern and Southern Alps are located in. The dazzling fresh greenery is incredibly impressive once the snow thaws. Phytoncides emitted naturally from trees and minus ions generated along the water stream become natural powers that promote purification of our mental and physical condition. The warbling of a ruddy kingfisher that has migrated from southern climes in early summer is one of such seasonal pleasure.

July & August:
Kenya Masai Mara National Reserve

Even today, innumerable types of wild animals can be found in Kenya. Grant's zebra with its distinctive pattern is a typical savanna herbivore. African weather can generally be divided into two seasons - namely dry or rainy. In the rainy season, sudden squalls occur everyday. Such downpours provide a broad band that connects directly the heavens and our earth - sometimes appearing white, in other times black. Just after such a broad band has passed, water streams generated by their power suddenly appear and meander off to every direction.

September & October:
India Desert National Park

Natural Indian landscapes also display multifarious expressions. The Bengal tiger that symbolizes this country is the largest carnivore in the jungle, but is in danger of extinction. The desert shows spectacular complexes of dunes, whose beautiful rippled forms are naturally sculpted by wind. Currently, no Bengal tigers can be seen in this arid area. Just like Africa, many selections of wild animals, including innumerable species of wild birds are living in India. They are living in each specific living area according to their habits.

November & December:
U.S.A. Alaska Denali National Park and Preserve

Mt. McKinley (a.k.a. Denali) forms the centerpiece of the Alaska Range, and features the highest peak in North America. The extensive Denali National Park surrounds this massif. This area is symbolized by the tundra. Summers are fleeting while winters seem to be almost perennial. Typical wildlife is the moose, the largest of the deer family, and easily recognized by their massive antlers. The vast national park is a protected zone where grizzly bears and gray wolves - among others - are free to roam.

Photographs: Shin Yoshino
Born in Japan, 1943.
Graduated from Kurosawa Design School with a degree in living design. Continues to take pictures of wild animals and natural scenes around the world. His major photograph collections include The Wildlife of Rocky, Wildlife of Alaska, Tiger Odyssey, Aqua Odyssey, Nature Photograph Museum, and Water Melody. Among his writings illustrated with photographs are African Travels, Introduction to Nature Photography, and Wildlife Camera. Past exhibitions include Wildlife of Rocky, Nature is God, Wildlife is a friend: Nature and Wildlife in North America, and The Continent of Dreams: Africa. Member, Japan Professional Photographs Society.