notes from the road

biei, hokkaido there is something about this place that moves me and i’m struggling to define it in any way, even to myself i have made a LOT of crap photographs already + a handful that don’t make me want to give up just yet trying to find my rhythm and my voice, i feel like […]

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notes from the road

+++ up early to grab a quick breakfast then head north to hokkaido. we are out exploring for all of the daylight hours and i play around with some movement using my phone & a larger digital camera. my skin is dry and i feel a bit like a lizard in need of some serious […]

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notes from the road

1 // tokyo sunrise from the 33rd floor of the hotel. japanese breakfast. need more coffee 2 // shopping in ginza earlier today this evening, the photography gang will have our first meal together, staying in a hotel at haneda airport; we’ll be up early to have breakfast and get on a flight to hokkaido – spending 12 […]

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red-crowned crane legs in the snow. copyright leonie wise - all rights reserved

red-crowned cranes

If the raptors provided the majesty, and the whooper swans provided the comedy on this trip around Hokkaido, then I’d say the cranes provided the grace. Don’t get me wrong, they have their goofy moments and it was often hilarious watching the juveniles dancing by themselves and practising their steps, but these beautiful big birds are amazing […]

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shadows and horizons

Here the land bleeds into the horizon with only trees and  light to mark where one ends and the other begins. More than once i fall in love with the curve of a fence in the snow, or the shape of a line of trees. +++ (Click on the images to view larger) +++ One […]

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Whooper Swans

If the raptors are the majestic birds of Hokkaido, I reckon the Whooper Swans would be the comic relief. They sound like the entire brass section of an orchestra that can’t quite get itself in tune, or a whole bunch of party horns, all being hooted at varying decibels. We are on the edge of […]

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