Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Autumn season in Japan is famous for Koyo, the color changing of the leaves. As a native southern Californian, I am unfamiliar with such extreme changes in the seasons and the extreme color change in all of the trees. The other weekend we checked out a spot up in the mountains called Shirakurakyo to spot some koyo. Our timing was a bit early, the best color change wouldn't happen for another week or so, but there were a few nice views anyhow.

This blue shack and red bridge are part of a very picturesque bustop. Only comes twice an hour, but not a bad place to hang out for the bus.

Trail leading down into the gorge.

Leaf litter in the river.

I didn't have a tripod with me, but I was able to prop my camera on a wooden rail to grab a slower shutter speed shot of the waterfall.

Not only are the Koyo leaves beautiful, they're also delicious!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Bike Ride

Perfect fall weather and small waves here lately, I took the mamachari bike for a ride down the coast along with my new small Canon G11.

My glorious chariot, only one speed but no hills so no problem.

During the fall here these guys take over around my town, every walk or bike ride through the tree and you are guaranteed to get a couple spider webs in your face.

Fishing along the beautiful natural banks of the Tenryu River.

This guy was having his own racing practice in the river, taking his pwc to the limits.

At last ended up at this fun wave I've been surfing lately. There is a solid concrete wall that extends out into the water, catches small east swells and throws a fun wedge off of the wall. Kind of reminds me of surfing in a swimming pool. Only danger is trying not to get hooked by a fisherman.