The days are getting shorter and colder and it is clear that autumn is coming to an end. Trees are shedding their leaves and the bright colours of the past month are becoming more and more difficult to find. I always have regrets this time of year, wishing that I had gone out more to enjoy the fall colours. But, it can't be helped, really. I don't think one ever goes out enough when enjoying nature is involved!
These photos were taken at a local park last week. Ah, those colours!
Next to my workplace is a lovely park with a pond and a small court where the locals play tennis or do outdoor exercises. I rarely have the chance to visit it but I always look at it wistfully through the bus window as we pass by. Today, as I left to return home, the sun was golden and so I decided that today was the day! Surely I could find 20 minutes in my schedule to go and enjoy the park. And so I did. This was what was waiting for me... (If you look carefully, you can see someone walking along the path. Hope that gives you some sense of scale.) (I didn't have my camera with me so took a chance with my mini iPad. Pretty happy with the results.)
On a cold, windy morning this week we visited a local park to enjoy the fall colours. There are various paths throughout the park but the route we took was called "Maple Valley". It did not disappoint! As we walked along we enjoyed comparing the varying stages of the maple trees. Several had already lost all of their leaves while a few others were only just starting to change. However, the majority were in glorious yellows and reds. Ah, so beautiful in the morning sun!
(Both of these were taken in "Maple Valley". )
A few days ago, after a busy morning of errands, my husband suggested we drive to Yoshimine Temple to enjoy the fall colours. I jumped at the chance! The temple grounds cover a large area on the hills to the east of Kyoto and provide fantastic views of the Kyoto basin. Whenever we visit there is always something to enjoy: cherry blossoms in the spring, hydrangea in the early summer, and maple trees in the fall. This year, as usual, the fall colours were spectacular and we enjoyed a leisurely afternoon strolling through the temples grounds. Ah, fall in Japan, you put on quite a show!
This one of my two favorite trees at Yoshimine Temple. Behind it is the entrance gate to the temple grounds. (Actually, I took this standing in the parking lot.) By the way, if you scroll down the menu on the right to "Yoshimine Temple", you can see 2 more photographs of fall that I took at this location.
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We've been practicing social distancing and staying very close to home these past few weeks. The plan was to tackle house chores and various projects while working at home. However, the fact is that not much is getting done despite having more time on our hands than usual. It's easy to feel overwhelmed right now as well as frustrated with all that is not going as usual, but I'm trying to be kind to myself in these complicated times and I pray that you are doing the same. Let's help each other through this...
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected. (^.^)/
(This is from a walk we took several days ago. Ah, it was so refreshing to be out and about.)
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