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.
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.
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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