Living in Canada, I take some things for granted. Some of these are related to issues of tolerance. Some of these are related to equality issues. Some of these are related to sports (usually). Finally, some of these are related to weather. I know winter will come, but before that, the leaves will change colour and there will be some stunning views when it happens.
When I was in Japan, many people I met went to a great deal of effort to see the fall colours. They boarded trains or busses and they took long drives into the countryside. They planned it rather obsessively. They treated it more like a hobby.
Though I thought it was a nice idea, I didn’t really think it should take so much work. I just walk outside my door and open my eyes. As I said, I take some things for granted. However, upon reflection, it does look spectacular out there. The patchwork of colours is amazing. I took a nice drive over the thanksgiving weekend, and I enjoyed it immensely. I understand why they took it so seriously and how, enjoying the natural world can be very fulfilling,
On the personal hobby front, I think I may construct my railroad forest scenes with an autumn theme. I will make trees with those wonderful colours I have seen.