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Fall is generally a busy time and it can be hard to find time to take nice fall pictures, especially when the sun sets at 4:30 in the afternoon! However, I was able to get some nice pictures of the Ginko trees around my school, as well as a nice park and temple in the area one Friday after Hoikuen. Here are some of the nicer pictures from this past month:

The mountains behind my school, while not wildly colorful, were still very nice this year!

As were the ginko trees! They turn a nice bright yellow, although there was quite a bit of green still when I took these pictures

Random pictures of the new Velvet Cake ice cream flavor at Baskin Robbins (yummy but super rich) and the poster I made for the Mid-year seminar.

The following pictures were taken with my iPhone5 which, while it takes pretty good pictures, can’t compare with my D5100. Ah well, they are still pretty nice, although they could use a bit more work.

A tiny shrine behind my hoikuen

Onishi Hoikuen and my car under a nice tree

The park near the Hoikuen

Maples (momiji) and winter cherry blossoms (fuyuzakura)

These trees aren’t near full bloom yet, but you can get an idea of the area

I wish this pictures did this tree and house justice!

Maples are unique in fall. Their gradual change from green to yellow to orange to red give the interesting impression that someone has lit the tree on fire. As such, they are interesting to photograph in all stages of change. The following pictures are from a small temple in Onishi with some nice, if early, colors:

If only this picture hadn’t turned out a bit blurry, it’d probably be the best of the lot! Oh well…

The entrance and main area of the temple

Towards the back

A panorama shot, which is a cool new feature of my new iPhone!

Colors, colors, and more colors…

Looking out over the temple

There was a really beautiful area behind the temple with stone steps leading to a small teahouse and the back of the mountain the temple is located on

There were a few of these cute sets of table and chairs around

Maple avenue

And a close-up of some of the changing leaves