I was away in Taiwan last weekend, so this is really the first time I decided to take on the beauty of autumn in Japan for the first time in ages. While taking it slow on my Saturday morning processing photos and updating my travel blog, it started to rain softly. I took my camera out and walked in the park just next to the flat.
Autumn is here in Melbourne. Summer was warm/hot and long this time around. I would normally welcome the arrival of the cooler part of the year, but I guess I’d gotten used to that and the drive down to the Anglesea on Sunday afternoon. While I was watching the leaves of poplar trees glow in bright yellow in the morning sun, I did not get to dragging myself out of town to go for a photo walk.
My friend and I had a quick coffee in the balcony outside his kitchen, and got in my car. As we pulled into a carpark at the end of the dirt road, gentle drizzle started to come down. Covering the camera from rain with both hands making a roof under my neck, I enjoyed the walk in this beautiful place.
I’m in Osaka. First things first, driving up the winding road to the graveyard. It has become a routine over the years that I visit two graves there, report that I’m well, put my hands together in front of the sweet smell of the burning incense, before I continue down the list of to-do’s (such as shopping…)
I have for the last several years made it a rule, not quite by choice but more so by convenience, that I visited my family around the end of the year to new year period. It is pretty cold around that time, and up here it does get frosty on some mornings. Everything is in hibernate, brown, grey and tight. Now it is all green, fresh, full of life, moisture and bursting with energy to grow. This place is so familiar and yet so refreshing to see it in this time of the year.
“Shin ryoku” = fresh green, the state of spring time nature.
I have been watching the trees lining the street outside of my window for the past few days, with their colour of leaves turn from green to yellow, and start to fall on the ground. I decided that it has to be today, that I put an end to being lazy and walk in the park to capture my favourite season of the year.
I lived in Perth in Western Australia for a couple of years. I remember missing this explode of colours. Perth was like summer and hot, and winter and wet, and back to summer again. I travelled from Perth a long way by going up to Broome, Darwin, Ululu and down to Adelaide to find the amazingly beautiful town with its colourful autumn leaves along the river and in the university. It was breath-taking. But we humans do, get used to things we live in…
Parking the car in the gardens just near NGV as usual, I was happy that I decided to skip the regular Saturday grocery shopping and came for a walk! Let me share with you…