Ginkgo Leaf

My second sweet for November is also in the Autumn Colour theme. The shape is the leaf of ‘Ginkgo’ which becomes the most brilliant yellow colour during this season. Ginkgo is one of the most ancient plants which has not evolved for millions of years. The Ginkgo tree is originated in East Asia and I think there wasn’t many in the UK before. However, I noticed lately more Ginkgo trees along many avenues in newly developed area.

Leaves on grundI have a beautiful childhood memory with Ginkgo leaves. I think it was in somewhere in Kyoto. I was about 3 or 4 years old and running around in a Shinto Shrine ground which was covered with magnificently yellow Ginkgo Leaves fallen from the numerous trees. It was like a massive carpet spread out as far as I could see.

 

Ginkgo Leaf

So, I chose the image of my childhood memory for making the November sweet.

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Autumn Mountain

We are in the middle of Autumn – Winter transition now. It is getting very cold lately but this chilling weather is the key to the magnificent sights of nature during this season. When the temperature drops the colour of leaves change from green to yellow or it goes even further to orange and then red. It is due to the chemical reaction in leaves. This is called Autumn Colour and can be seen on the leaves of deciduous plants.

‘Autumn Mountain’ Mochi

So, as one of the sweets for November I wanted to create a sweet in Autumn Colour. I want you to imagine all the mountain changing the colour from its deep green to various colour of yellow, orange and red but in a very tiny scale.

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Looking for Karl Marx in Highgate

It was great weather last sunday. Shamefully I was not planning anything particular to do in this lovely day so decided to go for a walk locally to my first visit to Highgate Cemetery. It is a famous cemetery that well-known people are buried.

I have several English friends who like to go cemeteries. They say it is calming and makes them feel peaceful. However, for me as a Japanese person a cemetery is somewhere spooky so I never be keen on visiting there. In old fashioned Japanese horror films ghosts always appear under willow trees near a cemetery. By thinking lots of bodies under the ground walking around there is also quite disterving to me. Anyway, that is why this became my first visit to this famous place. It was something new for me.

In order to reach the cemetery I went through Waterlow Park in Highgate.

Waterlow Park

Tall Tree in the park

Statue in park

The park has a wide grass area with some huge trees and some colour too.

Flower bed in park

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The Walk along Cray Riverway & the Picnic

River Cray

Definitely summer has gone away from England. Each time we have some rain the air is getting colder and wetter. Autumn is here now and then … ‘Winter is coming’ … Huh? Are you from Winterfell?

Jon-Snow-In-Game-Of-Thrones( ↑ Don’t mention the thing not everybody understands! 😦 )

However, the Saturday two weeks ago had great weather. As it could have been the last nice day to go out, we did not want to miss the chance. We packed our ‘Bento’ Lunch box and left home for a walk.

PubThis time our destination was β€˜Cray Riverway’. There was a little walk from the station to the path. We had to ask the direction twice including the landlord of this little pub. I liked the interior of the pub. Very authentic.

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Shortly after leaving the pub we found the entrance to the Riverway which was a small river that went through dense woodland.

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You are Unique

Tiny Leaf in Solitude

 

Day 5 on β€œPhoto 101” – β€˜Solitude’ & β€œThe Rule of Thirds

I found this Leaf popping out from a trunk of a Big Tree. All the other leaves are growing properly on branches higher up getting bright sunlight. It is a Tiny Leaf as if it’s trying to hide away from being noticed…

When you are not doing the same thing as all the other people, you start to doubt whether you might be doing something wrong. But what I want to say to you is β€œHEY! Why are you so worried about what others think about you?” You are Unique and more interesting. Just be Confident. People will find you special and start following you soon. The situation changes. You can change it.

Regarding the β€œthe Rule of Thirds”, by placing this Tiny Leaf at the corner closer to the bottom I think it certainly creates a more β€˜Solitude’ feeling of the Leaf. I like the contrast of colours and texture between the young fragile looking green Leaf and the dry coarse surface of the Tree trunk.