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.

Tammisaari, Finland

Near Tammisaari, Finland 2004

Sometimes, I think being from the UK makes the rest of the world seem a much more dramatic place. People start to moan when the weather even gets near to 0 and when it goes a couple of degrees below, certain newspapers start trumpeting about an”arctic vortex”, when really, it is just a bit cold.

In Finland by contrast, no one mentions the weather until it gets to about -15 degrees or so. A Finnish friend asked me why I thought it was strange to ride a bicycle in the snow – it was perfectly normal to her.

If the whole cold thing interests you, I recommend visiting the Culture Museum in Helsinki. I particularly enjoyed reading about Kai Donner’s adventures in northern Finland, where it gets really cold.

Anyway, when I took this picture, it must have only been about -10. And it wasn’t windy. So no macho points for me.

But it was very quiet and still, possibly silent.

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London March 2018

One of the things about being off the coast of a continent, is that you can never be quite sure what the weather will do next. Last March, just as we were coming out of winter, it suddenly snowed quite heavily and gave us all a surprise.

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London April 2018

One month later, the snow has gone and it is definitely Spring.

Everything passes.

Walking in Snow

Snow, Wokingham – March 2018

Last year, as we were almost past Spring, the clouds suddenly emptied a layer of snow on us. I can remember looking out my classroom window and seeing large snowflakes cartwheeling down the window to the ground.

I love walking at night, Berkshire can be quite urban, so that is when it is quietest. I wasn’t particularly expecting to take photos, so I took my RX-100. The original is in colour, but I think I prefer it in black and white.