Fall is in the air and I have a love-hate relationship with it. On the one hand, I hate it because it means that winter’s near, and I don’t like cold weather all that much. Yes, I’m from Canada, but still… On the other hand, I love it because it means that the colours will be beautiful so it’s a great chance to take photos.
With the second part in mind, I set out this holiday weekend to snap some pics of the foliage (紅葉). Last year, thanks to a conversation with one of my students, I’d learned about an abandoned train track that’s good for hiking. I often visit places after learning about them from students. Anyway, I went there last year and it was beautiful so I thought I’d go again this year.
The place is the JR Fukuchiyama Line (I’m pretty sure that’s the name), and it was amazing. It was a warm day…well, warmer than I’d expected, and even though it looked like rain for a bit, nothing happened. The course takes you through some tunnels so it’s a good idea to take a flashlight.
Incidentally, it also runs along a small river valley so it’s easy to forget that you’re actually in the city. Along the way there are plenty of opportunities to snap photos, but one place in particular offered the best. I stayed there for while with my shutter going nearly nonstop. I wonder how it looks in the summer. Maybe I’ll make a third trip.