The Gifts of Autumn: #10. Momiji-gari

Leaves and samara on a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, unknown cultivar)


Japanese are familiar with  special phrases like “Momiji-gari”, which literally means hunting Maple or Maple viewing. Many people visit and enjoy the fall color of wild and natural Japanese Maples in the mountains or fields of Japan. Furthermore, there is a Japanese expression, “Yama ga moeru” which translates to “burning mountain in autumn” because an entire mountain filled with wild Japanese Maples can transform into a fiery crimson red due to the color of the Japanese Maples in the distance.

Source: Way of Maple

Early Autumn Palette

along Hope River Road:

splash of crimson


apricot dahlias


down the road



I'm coming back to this post midafternoon to take a few deep breaths. Yes, it's been that kind of day. I think it may also help to remind myself I'll be walking along these roads later this Thanksgiving long weekend. Thanksgiving. Gratitude. Another breath.

It no longer feels like that kind of day. Or maybe it still is. But I'm better able to stay calm in the face of it.