It was semi planned to do this little trip on my own. I was hesitating as I saw 'light rain' weather forecast last night and I wasn't so sure that the leaves colour would turn out enough by this time. I decided to check the weather forecast again in the morning.. I awoke around 8AM and the forecast changed to 'cloudy' so the rest was only to force myself out of bed and get ready. Trust me, it was very challenging to convince myself to get up by 8AM on Sunday... However, my gf is not around and I thought it would be nice to escape from a city and spend a day in nature. My destination was set to Ryuzu (Dragon Head) Waterfall/ 竜頭の滝 in Nikko since the leaves seem to be already in Autumn mode. I took an express train from Asakusa and got there around lunch (2 hrs) and thought it would be nice to have some yuba soba before heading out on the road. In the restaurant next to my table, I accidentally met a Thai family who are visiting Japan. We chatted for a bit and parted with a smile. Then it took another hour on a local bus on a snaky road before reaching the waterfall. The good news was that it started to shower (T_T) I was debating if I should bring out my camera to snap a shoot (the place is limited, you have to be at the balcony to take the waterfall shot and the rain was blown into the shade). Well, after 3 hours commuting, there was no way I wouldn't take this da_n picture. I didn't realize that the picture was a bit blur until I got home. It must have been the shower that refrained me from taking a proper shot (my camera was hidden in the jacket and I just took a quick shot without paying too much attention). M-E & Summicron 35/2 ASPH
Then there was a trail leading to the bridge above the waterfall where I took another tourist shot.
On the way up to the bride, the leaves were like 60- 70% in Autumn mode, just love those combinations!
It was so foggy on the way up to the mountains, so much that actually reminded me of the scene in Silent Hill. During the bus ride, I saw some abandoned boats, gas station, forest, etc. and had an idea of taking some Silent Hill shots :) After checking the bus timetable back from the waterfall, it seems there was a gap of 30 mins until the next one arrives. So I googled a rough location of those things I wanted to photograph and it was about 4 km, well, it sounded not so bad. There was a beautiful trail along side the lake which ran thru the wood and it took me about 1.5 hrs to walk and snap. Although the weather was a little unstable with light shower, a bit of sun and mostly cloudy, it was a really a fun day out and I ended up with some happy pictures at home.
The trail, it's not always nice like this...
My Silent Hill scene :D
(it was not so foggy anymore when I reached those abandoned boats...)