Following yesterday’s beautiful Yamakoshi sunrise – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/05/18/4am-alarm-call/ – I couldn’t resist trying again this morning.

As yesterday had been dry I was pretty sure that there wouldn’t be any low lying mist this morning, that usually follows a wet day and a cold clear night.  As I left my apartment and headed from Ojiya across the Shinano River I could see that the sky was a whole lot brighter and more colourful than the previous day.

Just 20 minutes after my alarm call I was already in Yamakoshi, the same place as yesterday on Kanagurayama, the go to spot for many photographers in the morning, and a view which features on a Yamakoshi promotional poster.

The sun was due to rise at 4.32am, 10 minutes before that I took the first picture below, the sky a beautiful range of yellow, orange, peach and pink, all reflecting in the still ponds below.  Soon this view will change, for 2 or 3 of those ‘ponds’ are actually now planted rice fields.

4.22am

4.22am

At 4.34am the sun peeked over the top of the distant mountain, which I believe to be called Sarukuradake.  Anyone who is familiar which NND’s main mud ponds in Yomogihira, that is the same mountain.  Over the next 25 minutes the view was a photographers paradise, these just a few of the shot variations taken during that time.

4.34am

4.34am

4.40am

4.40am

4.45am

4.45am

4.59am

4.59am

Tonight is cloudy, and forecast to remain the same until around 6am tomorrow.  Whilst I won’t be setting the alarm for 4am, if I’m awake I may just head up and wait.  The last time I waited for the cloud to break it certainly didn’t disappoint either…. – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/05/17/good-things-come-wait/


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