Gabor Bedo provided a short focus talk featuring images from his travels through Japan and highlighting the ways that people care for their natural environments. This includes:
- the tending of gardens,
- building structures allowing fish to swim upstream over river walls and
- shrines that pay respects to old trees damaged by typhoons.
Other human impacts are less positive, with climate change causing Mt Fuji to no longer have permanent snow at its peak. Due to the loss of natural predators, the deer population is booming in some areas, damaging the bark of trees and preventing the growth of groundcovers in forests, a situation Gabor compared to the effects of quokkas overgrazing parts of Rottnest Island. Those in attendance were very appreciative of the chance to travel vicariously through Gabor’s photos.