Happy Meteorological Autumn!

Meteorological autumn (September 1st) is here, and astronomical autumn (September 22) is a few weeks away. One thing I enjoy every year is the gradual change from summer to autumn and trying to notice all the small changes everyday. It is said in Japan that after the Obon holiday finishes in mid-August, you can start to feel a slight change in the weather, and that has usually held true during most of my years here so far. There's always that first magical evening or early morning where the air just feels different and refreshing. That hasn't really happened yet this year, but I'm sure it will come soon. In fall my camera is more often out of the bag than in, my thermos is full of chai, and I always have to reread The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring since Frodo starts out in the fall season. Life can't get any better than that.

Autumn is my absolute favorite season, if that isn't obvious by now, and Japan's scenery really shines this time of year. In Shiga Prefecture, where I mainly shoot, there's no shortage of places to photograph even just around my home. Last season I tried to concentrate on more intimate photos of autumn color rather than huge landscapes, and I think that I will continue that theme this year again. My local park has pretty much everything one could want in terms of tree and plant variety from maples, ash, gingko, cherry trees, and some metasequoia just to name a few. Moreover, I've got Hiezan (Mt. Hiei) and its foothills for a backyard so there is no lack of interesting things and places to photograph. No need for traveling which, given the global pandemic, is definitely a good thing.

How about you? What are you excited about this autumn? Do you have any photography goals or plans? Let me know in the comments.

Here are a few images from my local area. I should be posting a lot more in my blog this month since I've got pleeeeeenty of time off. Thanks for reading!



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