Coming from the part of the tropics where the biggest change in the climate is from warm humid sunny days to wet rainy days; I have learned to appreciate the four seasons ever since I experienced it when I went abroad to further my studies years ago. My first fall and winter experiences are snatches of memories I will cherish forever … It was cold and drizzling rather heavily as I walked the Takachiho (Southern Japan) woods (around the gorge area) on an early Dec morning last year. Along the way, I noted among the woods this stark Japanese maple with its network of sprawling branches and vestige of autumnal ‘red’ leaves clinging to it before winter arrives. It just looked beautiful, the heavy drizzle wetting the tree and soft diffused light nicely highlighted the stark mouldy branch structures of the bare tree, enhancing its mood and interest, befitting an autumn sonata. I took a number of shots while juggling an umbrella to keep my gear dry, when I had time for a good look at the images later, I was pleasantly surprised by the added painterly quality to the images from the drizzle. Nature never cease to amaze me with its inherent beauty and colour during the change of the seasons.
Photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm