To Everything A Season

April 7, 2011 | Filed Under Uncategorized 

“Many shall be restored that now are fallen
and many shall fall that now are in honor”
Horace (Ars Poetica)

“All is flux, nothing stays still.”


It’s hard to write anything that doesn’t sound glib recently. I console myself with the voices of those long dead, who remind us that there is nothing so constant as change.

There’s only so long you can spend watching footage of the tsunami before you start to die a little inside. I needed eye-bleach, and photos of better times helped. We spent three weeks ice climbing in Cogne in January, and a few days on the ice at Akadake in Japan. It seems like a lifetime ago.


19 Responses to “To Everything A Season”

  1. Jonas on April 7th, 2011 4:20 am

    I missed your mountain photographs. These are stunning as always! The one with the climbers on a thin wall of snow between two peaks looks unreal.

    Hoping the constant change will be for the better in the coming weeks, months.

  2. Michael on April 7th, 2011 5:32 am

    Good to see you posting again Chris. I still haven’t put up the pictures from our little outing back in August!

  3. Mikael on April 7th, 2011 5:41 am

    The second, third and fourth (in reverse order perhaps) pictures from the bottom are a winner series! They explain climbing, and perhaps the outdoors in general, better than any words could do.

  4. tornadoes28 on April 7th, 2011 7:58 pm

    Awesome photos.

  5. Vlad on April 8th, 2011 10:05 pm

    Ah, the wait is over!
    The first photo fits really well the transition from the tsunami to climbing. Nicely done.
    And the composition of number 3 is awesome!
    Feels like we’ll need soul-bleach, but hopefully such a thing doesn’t exist!

  6. Jason Collin Photography on April 23rd, 2011 2:06 am

    It feels good to see in your post a mountain I actually have hiked up before (in summer though!). I have a souvenir Akadake banner hanging on the entrance hall to my Florida apartment now in fact.

    I like her face in the 4th photo from the top, and the snowy hikers shot and the jet trail across the purple sky.

  7. Dave Hollin on June 15th, 2011 9:38 pm

    the photos are stunning as ever. Glad you found the time and the will to post them and the report

    hope things are settling down even though I guess it never can truly.

    all the best, Dave

  8. Richard on July 5th, 2011 8:04 pm

    great Images. greetings from the USA. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa

  9. Steve on August 29th, 2011 12:38 pm

    I think I speak for everyone who regularly views your blog when I say that we all miss your introspection and wonderful photos. Please, start blogging again. Your work is a priceless commodity we cant do without!

  10. CJW on September 7th, 2011 1:29 pm

    Thanks Steve. Hopefully, near-normal service will resume soon. I’ve got some trips in the pipeline…,

  11. David Misfeld on September 13th, 2011 4:26 am


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  12. Connie In Japan on September 15th, 2011 11:07 pm

    Awesome Blog!

  13. Make Hiking Friends on December 5th, 2011 3:17 am

    Those are some great summits and views

  14. Evan on January 3rd, 2012 10:17 pm

    Great photos Chris; they’re so crisp! What are you shooting with?

  15. CJW on January 4th, 2012 8:45 am

    Hey Evan – thanks!! I’ve got a (thoroughly bashed) Nikon D80 with a Nikkor 18-200 VR lens on it – but I think the biggest improvement is the polarizing filter, which I keep on at all times.

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