Imagine what would it be like if foliage just turned blue in the winters instead of just falling off.
I cannot forget the beautiful colors of the fall foliage but wouldn’t blue colors be more in harmony with the winter setting?
Especially if the ground is covered with snow?
Then joyfully we will have different colors for the different seasons!
Autumn has gone but memories of our trip to South Korea still linger.
When we reached the Deoksugung palace in Seoul, there was a changing of the guards. Although it was not as spectacular as the changing of the guards at the Tower of London, nevertheless, it attracted big crowds of spectators.
Deoksugung is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by royalties around the turn of the 20th century.
The buildings are of varying construction, including some of natural crytomeria wood, painted wood, and stucco.
The palace buildings are impressive. We have a good look around the area.
Autumn was in the air; trees were changing their color.
There was a spectrum of colors in the fall foliage; from green, yellow, gold and even red.
Beautiful views were every where. The fall foliage looked particularly colorful when viewed against the palace walls.
While many of the foliage were gold or still green, some have already changed to red.
We have a delightful stroll within the palace; passing by a pond, before finishing off our walk.
Understand that there are five palaces in Seoul. I did not have the opportunity to visit the other four palaces, but I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the colors of Autumn at Deoksugung!
This week’s photo challenge is Grand.
Grand can mean so many things to different people.
To me, only something like this is Grand!
Seoul, no doubt, formed an interesting part of our trip to South Korea.
In our hour’s stay near N Seoul tower, overlooking Seoul, there was quite a change in scenery before and after dark.
I like the scenery after dark; the capital was sparkling with lights when viewed between the Autumn trees in silhouette.
Going back in time by an hour, when there was just sufficient light to see the fall foliage in colors, the view was somewhat different.
The views of fall foliage with the city as background were just enticing. What a difference an hour made!
The maple leaves in South Korea are smaller in size than those I have seen elsewhere.
The many leaves cluttered together did give me the illusion of them being stars, shining brightly.
I have a special liking for these small multi-colored leaves.
I only have several photos which show the leaves distinctly as starry and have grouped them together in this post.
They are my twinkle, twinkle little stars.
When we stepped into the cable car, we didn’t know that it would be raining for almost the rest of the day.
Looking up at the Daedunsun mountain, the mountain top was covered with mist and even a bit mystical.
The cable car was crowded with tourists as we made our ascent. You can hardly squeeze your camera through the crowd.
Didn’t know that these few shots through the glass window of the cable car would be my last few shots in the dry that day.
The mountain slope was covered in bright colors. The fact that these shots were taken from the moving cable car mean that the foliage may not be in focus, but the colors and the mood are still there.
We were met by rain when we alighted at the mountain top. . . . . . we did not have the rain gears with us!
Will share some of the photos taken in rain in a later post.
Two quotes come to mind.
“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.” – Faith Baldwin.
In the picture below, a torch seemed to have flung to the trees, starting a fire.
The second quote is by Emily Bronte.
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree” – Emily Bronte.
While walking up Naejangsan, every where we saw was red in color.
It is always delightful travelling in the country side of Hokkaido, Japan.
The impression and mood in the previous post are quite different from what I experienced in South Korea. Perhaps, the sceneries and settings in different countries do convey different moods.
The image here was taken not far from the previous picture. It still shows the same steep mountains and the waterfall.
However, in the foreground, it also shows the rapids along with the fall foliage on the banks of the river.
Again, an enchanting view that remains for a long time in my memory!
Think you must by now bored with my series of posts on fall foliage in South Korea.
As a change of scenery, I am taking you to Hokkaido, Japan.
The picture was taken some years ago. It was Autumn, some of the leaves were still green; some orange in color and floating out on branches.
In the background were hills and a waterfall.
Again, another artistic impression of Autumn in a picturesque manner!