Reaching the summit of Fuji and taking in such an immense swathe of emptiness; above, below, and pretty much all around, was something of a jaw-dropping experience.
There was a feeling of vulnerability in the face of raw, unpredictable elements, the likes of which I'd not felt for a long time. And in Autumn, the peak is almost entirely deserted. Which only added to the feeling of exposure to something alien and indifferent. So for two days and nights, I sat up there, gazing uninterrupted into the emptiness, in awe and humility.
During the days, a sea of clouds gathered around the mountain, a mile or two below. And each evening, they dispersed, as the lights of Tokyo flooded the northern horizon with shades of eerie yellow and green. All, in a near perfect silence.
It was a bit like old times.
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mmohan (744) 2012-04-25 9:53
What an amazing view!
YOur accompanying note makes very interesting reading.
vapours (8264) 2012-04-25 15:08
Amazing perspective and great colour as well.
BennyV (13548) 2012-04-26 0:11
Quite a crowning shot. A feeling of sitting on top of the world. Timeless stuff! Tfs.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-04-26 9:25
Hiking and rock climbing are so fun, but when you go for the top of the world, your life changes, and you've captured this perfectly here. Excellent POV and DOF Greg and wonderful light management. I know what it is like to take a photo above the clouds, having the sun bearing down from above and reflecting back at you from the clouds, which makes it really hard sometimes to capture what you want without it being overexposed. Great job Greg!!
TFS..........Your Friend from California........Buddy