When I came to Hokkaido for the first time for a wildlife tour in 2013, I fell in love with the place. It’s vast, wild, elegant, and her people live close to the land. I left with a longing to return, so when Martin Bailey asked me to come back and do this trip again, but with a landscape emphasis, I jumped on it and we started planning. 5 days ago a number of old friends, and a handful of new ones, met Martin and I in Tokyo, though Cynthia and I arrived a few days before that to spend some time with a couple close friends. We spend our days, short as they are (Sunrise around 8, sunset around 4) in driving snow, nearly gail-force winds, amazing land and seascapes, and the company of people who love being in wild places with cameras in hand. We spend the evenings in the onsens, Japanese natural hotsprings baths, and eating dinner and drinking sake (usually one after the other, though I’m open to the idea of taking the sake into the baths!). It’s a wonderful trip. You can see some of my work here, and a taste of the black and white images over on my Instagram page.