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Top 10 albums - 2015

In previous years, I have really struggled to narrow my choices down to just the ten. In fact, for the past two years fifteen has been a real struggle. This year, in sharp contrast, I had to really think about it... really think about how to pad out the only eight albums I really liked, with a couple that were at least interesting, if not absolutely loved. As usual... in one particular order:  
10. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

9. Foals – What Went Down

8. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets

7. Tame Impala – Currents

Kids playing in the park

On a recent outing (for a junior tennis tournament), there was time for some park play. It was a beautiful early winter day and I had my camera with me.

Kamaishi - evening stroll

On my most recent visit, I arrived in time to take a twilight stroll, and headed up the hill to the west of the city in the hope of catching the view out to towards the ocean before the sun finished its journey.

It wasn't bright, the cloud coming in to meet the dusk, but the view was great; from the green-roofed factory buildings, out past the huge Diakannon and into the bay.

Ocean rust (un-sunset)

The sun had long been hidden by the time I got to the coast, but no matter, I'd been waiting for less harsh, but more dramatic light to capture a couple of things round here... so I did.


Yes, indeed it does...

I headed back down towards the Yoro Valley area this week. I had a couple of holidays due, and had for a while been trying to match them up to follow a rainy period. This week saw heavy rain all day Tuesday, and me heading to the waterfalls on the Wednesday. It was particularly Awamata that I wanted to see - barely a trickle when I was there last - but I knew its reputation... and it was absolutely spot on; pretty spectacular all right.

I'd heard that Yomogi Fudo falls were also worth a visit after rain, despite their relative inaccessibility (a bit of a walk from the nearest village). Again, spot on; a really beautiful place.

Mount Shakushi - Fuji 'view'

Mount Shakushi is nothing special in and of itself, though it is an accessible and pleasant walk, especially when the autumn leaves are starting to turn, as they were on my visit.

Its primary attraction is the spectacular views it affords of it's neighbour Fuji-san... or would have had the day I chose to walk it been clearer. The weather was not too bad when I set out from the station, but already then it looked like it might not hold. I'd packed the rain gear in preparation but, in the end, I didn't quite need it...

I will return and take some shots more expansive than the peeping cap I got today. Not least because it turned out to be a lovely hill.