View from the Shinkansen, Japan

Mt Fuji, Japan 2018

This is just an a photograph of Mt. Fuji from the shinkansen going to Kyoto from Tokyo. On the train, you catch a glinpse of it quite early and the train takes you closer and closer – until – you have this view. If you fly into or out of Narita airport, you also get a good view (I might post that view at some point). Looking at photographs on line, you can see that Mt. Fuji has a little cloud for a hat. It is bigger than it looks and commands its landscape, silently challenging.

I believe it is possible to climb Mt. Fuji at certain times of the year – and right now – I would really like to go there and give it a try.

View from the Park, Li Jiang

Bridge and Mountain, Li Jiang, China 2015

One of the things I love about China, is its varied landscapes. Here, it makes me think of a giant watercolour painting, with its reflections of the trees and bridge. As I look at it now, I’m wondering, if the point of view had been higher or lower, could I have got a reflection of the mountain?

As I recall it, this part of China is quite high altitude, with fairly hard light, which can make for striking landscapes. It can also give terrible sunburn: I can remember feeling my skin sizzle at the end of the day when I put on the “after sun”. During the day, it was quite warm, but at night it was very cold.

This was taken on a trip I took to Yunnan. This area was renamed Shangri-La, referencing James Hinton’s novel “Lost Horizon”. It certainly has mountains, monasteries and vivid blue skies.

Some technical details. For this (I think) month long trip, I just took my FujiFilm X100. Most of the time it took lovely photos, which were quite easy to edit later. Nice colours too.