From Autumn to Winter

Imagine what would it be like if foliage just turned blue in the winters instead of just falling off.DSCF3339

I cannot forget the beautiful colors of the fall foliage but wouldn’t blue colors be more  in harmony with the winter setting?DSCF3339B

Especially if the ground is covered with snow?

Then joyfully we will have different colors for the different seasons!

Autumn in Deoksugung Palace, Seoul

Autumn has gone but memories of our trip to South Korea still linger.DSCF3455

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.DSCF3469

Deoksugung is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by  royalties  around the turn of the 20th century.DSCF3471

The buildings are of varying construction, including some of natural crytomeria wood, painted wood, and stucco.DSCF3470

The palace buildings are impressive. We have a good look around the area.DSCF3485

Autumn was in the air; trees were changing their color.DSCF3458

There was a spectrum of colors in the fall foliage; from green, yellow, gold and even red.DSCF3459

Beautiful views were every where. The fall foliage looked particularly colorful when viewed against the palace walls.DSCF3490

While many of the foliage were gold or still green, some have already changed to red.DSCF3477

We have a delightful stroll within the palace; passing by a pond, before finishing off our walk.DSCF3487

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!

Seoul – Before and After Dark

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.DSCF3514

I like the scenery after dark; the capital was sparkling with lights when viewed between the Autumn trees  in silhouette.DSCF3505

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!

More Starry Fall Foliage Photos, South Korea

The maple leaves in South Korea are smaller in size than those I have seen elsewhere.DSCF3403

The many leaves cluttered together did give me the illusion of them being stars, shining brightly.DSCF3444

I have a special liking for these small multi-colored leaves.DSCF3397

I only have several photos which show the leaves distinctly as starry and have grouped them together in this post.DSCF3342

They are my twinkle, twinkle little stars.

Please enjoy🙂

Going Up Daedunsan Mountain, South Korea

When we stepped into the cable car, we didn’t know that it would be raining for almost the rest of the day.CIMG3545

Looking up at the Daedunsun mountain, the mountain top was covered with mist and even a bit mystical.CIMG3542

The cable car was crowded with tourists as we made our ascent. You can hardly squeeze your camera through the crowd.DSCF3404

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.DSCF3405

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.

Autumn Burned Brightly in South Korea

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.DSCF3363

The second quote is by Emily Bronte.

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree” – Emily Bronte.DSCF3361

While walking up Naejangsan, every where we saw was red in color.DSCF3367DSCF3315DSCF3316