秋の芸北2021（一日目）/ North Hiroshima in Autumn 2021 – day 1
The Geihoku area in northern Hiroshima Prefecture, where ski resorts are concentrated, is known for its beautiful autumn foliage, including Sandankyo. Sandankyo is good, but I like the highland atmosphere of the bird-watching area around Mt. Garyu, so I tend to take pictures of this area when I take landscapes.
My favorite coloring of autumn leaves is orange. However, the orange colors used on monitors are often quite subdued in comparison to memory colors, so I have to be careful when developing RAW files. If the saturation is raised too high, the color saturates and the picture becomes fake.
Although the tree is a member of the maple family, it is surprisingly difficult to identify the tree species in a partial picture. However, I would like to be able to identify at least familiar wild birds, and now that I know some wild birds, I would like to learn more about plants as well.
A morning at the ranch with a light mist.
Since it is not a tourist course, hardly any cars pass by.
Deep in the woods where no one would look in.
The fog that hangs in the air quickly changes and disappears.
Just because it is autumn does not mean that you have to take only pictures of autumn leaves. The green carpet created by bamboo grass is also beautiful.
A tunnel-like space created by bamboo grass and maple trees.
The tufts of heartleaf lily are about to split open and seeds are about to emerge.
Most of the bark had peeled off from the rotting tree, and it looked like tape had been wrapped around it.
My favorite type of maple leaf. Is it a Siebold’s maple?
Looking toward Mt. Garyu (Mt. Kario) from the shore of Hijiri Lake. I waited for the light to illuminate the mountain, but it became dark and I gave up and moved on. Later, I regretted it when I saw a dramatic sunset for a brief moment….
However, although it is hard to tell from the photo, about the top half of Garyu Mountain has actually fallen off the leaves. Perhaps because the weather remained warm for a while after the start of autumn this year, the leaves seemed to have fallen too early only on the upper part of the mountain, where the temperature was lower.
On this day, I am camping in my car at the Hijiri Lake Campground. The purpose is to take pictures, so although I am camping, I bring only the minimum amount of equipment. It was cold at night, so I cooked rice. I wanted to at least take a bath to warm up, so I looked for a bath that was available and found the words “Koita Goemon-buro” near the campground. Goemon-buro is an old style bath in Japan, which is heated directly from beneath, with a floating wooden lid on which the bather sits causing it to sink. It seemed to be a campground as well, but the bath could be used only for bathing, so I paid a visit.
The bathtub is really an iron kettle, and the owner burns wood outside. The smell of burning wood filled the area, giving it a wild atmosphere. On the other hand, the facilities seem to be relatively new, and the bathroom was clean, making for a very pleasant Goemon-buro experience. The feeling of being stewed and warmed by the surroundings was amazing.
Continued on Day Two