“Durr! Where have you been the past couple months!”–I can hear some of my followers asking already. First off, despite some more ‘fun’ with my terrible knees, I am in fact not dead. Second, I have been quite alive and busy in February and March, though not just in the usual photographic sense you may expect!
Since this winter is likely the last I will get to experience in Japan for quite some time, I set out to go travel to some more snowy locales within my reach on a couple weekend trips. At the same time, I wanted to get my ski legs back in action after a good 7-year hiatus from carving up the slopes. For a good compromise of both pursuits, I got into a weekend trip to Zao Onsen Ski Resort in Yamagata (filled with famous “snow monsters” at the summit) as well as a day trip to Fujiten, a small ski resort in the foothills of Mt. Fuji.
Both trips were understandably cold, and given my lack of confidence in skiing, I did not want to risk crashing with my a6500 or damaging its battery. So, with iPhone in hand—otherwise known as the camera you always have with you—I indulged in just a couple basic snapshots and experimented with a couple quick time lapses going up lower-elevation ski lifts.
Thankfully I did not injure myself too bad on either trip, and I still have one last excursion coming up in a week. Who knows, I may attempt a black diamond if the conditions are just right…
In other news, I still enjoyed some more involved photographic pursuits in the off times I wasn’t skiing. These included more day trips to the ever-expansive Tokyo, and will have their own posts in the days to come. But the main attraction I hope to catch yet again is the two-week Sakura season. In fact, Tokyo’s main blooms have just begun to show themselves, so I see myself taking a trip yet again to one of the many gardens in the megacity this weekend!
That’s all for this quick check-in post, guys and gals. Thanks for dropping by! It looks like I have a bit of catching up again for photography posts, but hey, it gives me something to do in my off time! As always, have a great day!