Category Archives: geography

Summer’s End

It’s the equinox. Up here in the hills, they’re cutting the rice, burning stubble in the fields that makes the mountains hazy and layered. Fruit ripens on the trees, the grocery store is fragrant with grapes and crisp nashi pears. … Continue reading

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swan lake

It feels like it’s been a long winter, here in Shimosuwa. The high hillsides are still white, the distant mountains snowtopped, and nights fall far enough below freezing to film the glass doors with a frosting of ice. Having a … Continue reading

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in the mist

Nikon D700. 1/8 at f40, 220mm, ISO 800. Rainy weekends sometimes seem like a disappointment: there are no bright sunrises, no light streaming through the trees, no mountain peaks reaching up into the sky. But grey skies make colours more … Continue reading

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September, Matsumoto

 September. The air is hot, humid, almost tropical, damp and soft and warm against my skin, and full of the sound of cicadas. I didn’t think I’d be back here now. I wasn’t sure I’d come back here to live … Continue reading

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I’m learning about Canadian history. It’s a new world to me: I studied Burke and Wills, not Franklin and Mackenzie, and although the geography of this land is a familiar shape, the stories that go with it are ones I … Continue reading

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