Mount Fuji from Fujigoko, the Fuji Five Lakes
Courtney Esson: ”Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain, dominates the sky at Fujigoko. My gaze couldn’t stop searching for it, as I explored the Northern foot of the hill, its small towns, forests, and lakes. Fuji’s beautifully symmetrical ridge lines lead up to the snow-capped peak, as clear as day on a sunny Winter morning. Strong icy winds rendered my travel-sized tripod useless as I searched for compelling compositions. It drives an array of weather through the countryside, drawn like a magnet to the summit of the mountain. Winter at Fujigoko sees unexpected frequently changing elements. I watched in wonder as, within minutes, bright blue skies became dark, swirling storm clouds engulfing the volcano. My frozen fingers hurriedly worked to accommodate the sudden decrease in light with more prolonged exposure, presuming that once Mount Fuji had completely concealed it was unlikely to reappear again.
However, ten minutes later the peak released the mass of hanging cloud to bathe once again in the sunlight. As the sun began to set, the mountain turned its attention to the East, basking in soft orange and pinks, leaving the views from Fujigoko to fade softly into the cold evening, a curtain call after a day of magnificent views.”