Wildlife in an Urban Sprawl
n recent weeks I’ve started looking much closer at the wildlife around my neighbourhood than ever before and it’s surprising to see what’s right there in front of you, sometimes right on your doorstep.
I first visited Himakajima in 2012 and remember returning home in the evening with a glow of self accomplishment on time well spent. I’d left early in the morning and spent the day wandering and photographing with my cherished Leica M6 and a roll of awful Lomography film. That combination of exploring a new place…
Hiking: Mt. Hououzan
How do you explain to someone that hasn’t hiked much in Japan than despite hiking to over 2700m, despite walking (which felt more like climbing – actual climbing – almost vertically non-stop for 6 solid hours), and despite being in the least visited of the three major mountain ranges, that the campsite would be full…
I don’t know what came over me but a few days ago I decided to rejoin Twitter. It’s been over 10 years since I was last active on the platform.
Festival: Gujo Matsuri
The big brother/sister to the Shirotori Festival is the Gujo Hachiman festival just a few kilometres south in central Gifu.
Back Under the Aussie Sky
“I presume the flight isn’t full?” I asked as we checked in to our flight back to Narita. Covid was spreading and the world was panicking. A brief grin followed by a chuckle, and then that most Australian of replies, “Nah.” The attendant was right, too. The airplane was half empty as people were becoming…
Hiking: The Other Eboshidake in the Clouds
Eboshidake in the Minami Alps behind the clouds. This was the third time in succession that this hike hasn’t gone to plan. See here and here. The Minami Alps usually offer spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and the other big mountain ranges of central Japan but once again the weather had other ideas and the…
Hiking: Eboshidake and Nenjodake
Two litres of water wasn’t enough. Foolishly I left one litre back in the car for when we returned but should have taken it with me. There was a freshwater spring on the trail where I planned to top up but it was running dry despite plenty of rain in previous days. Even high up…