Featured Photo: Karatsu Black Pine Forest, Kyushu

Karatsu Black Pine Forest
Fall Colors in the Karatsu Black Pine Forest, Kyushu, Japan

The fall colors only seem to be effecting the leaves crawling up the side of this pine tree. The Karatsu Forest is a long thin stretch of wind blown Japanese Black Pines that run along side the the ocean shoreline. It is located at the northern tip of Kyushu, between Nagasaki and Fukuoka.

Karatsu wind swept black pine trees
Find me in the Photo! The Karatsu wind swept black pine trees.

Find me hiding in this Photo. The wind blows so strong off the sea that the pine trees bend when they grow. It forms this weird forest that looks like you stepped into a Dr. Seuss book. This makes for some wacky photos opportunities that should not be passed up. like the one where I’m hiding in the tress to the left. The Japanese Black Pine is called Kuromatsu (黒松i) in Japanese. It is a Bonsai tree favorite because of its ability to bend and mimic its full size counter parts.