I have not been writing anything on retirement or old age for a long time.
The recent surge in the number of readers reading my post ” Early Retirement= Early Death?” https://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/early-retirement-early-death/ urged me to write instead of only posting photos.
For sure, I am stepping into the Autumn of my life. But are we not just the Autumn foliage, colorful and beautiful, before Winter finally arrives?
For this I would like to share with you a photo taken two years ago in South Korea.
Here is also a Video passed to me by a friend – ” The Secrets of Old Age” which I found very meaningful and which I would like to share : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgBF3sIPm4c In summary, the secrets of old age are:
I have three walls here, photos of which were all taken in Seoul, South Korea.
We were there at the “right time when foliage has changed their colors.
While the main subjects of these photos are on walls, the Autumn foliage does make a contribution to the quality of the pictures.
This picture left me wordless!
PS The picture was taken by my classmate YM Chan in Hokkaido, Japan.
Here is another entry for this week’s Daily Press Photo Challenge.
The picture was taken in a park in Beijing.
Autumn was in the air and the light shone through the leaves.
The leaves looked colorful to me, in fact, I could visualize some looking like butterflies dancing the sky.
I have posted quite a lot on the Great Wall, China.
The Autumn foliage at Miutianyu section of the Great Wall is my favorite.
All my photos posted so far have the wall on them. But for a change, this photo is only on the foliage – a view overlooking from the wall.
It was a hazy afternoon and the sun was about to set. Beijing, as usual, was hazy – but this added to the atmosphere, I like the softness of the picture with the hill ridges in shadows.
Please enjoy :-)
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In our trip to South Korea, we did see a lot of fall foliage which are yellow or even golden in color. Everywhere there are lots of Gingko and other trees which gave an impression of a Golden Autumn. They remind me of the following poem written by a Chinese scholar and translated into English: I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow, its tones mellower, its colors richer, and it is tinged a little with sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and is content. Lin Yutang I like Autumn and share the sentiment that – it knows the limitations of life and is content! On a similar note, Yoko Ono did quote : Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.
Autumn is still here.
Hope that Winter is coming late this year.
Understand this part of the world is affected by El Ninos and therefore Winter could be mild, with the exception of a few really cold days but it will be rainy too.
So, celebrate Autumn as it is retreating and hope that Winter will be short.
The picture was taken at Hunglouzhi (Temple) in Beijing two years ago.