Checking On the Carpet of Yellow at the Ochiba Shrine
Getting Close, but Not Yet Peak Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社), Kyoto Japan -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Getting Close, but Not Yet Peak
Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社), Kyoto Japan

I took a short ride out to check out the status of Ochiba Shrine. It's still a few days... maybe three, maybe five... from peak. It seems early this year. When I first posted about it five years ago, it was from a Dec 2 visit.

Yet, the next year I visited on Nov 14, and it was about the same as it was today (Nov 18). Maybe it takes time, because the same year I posted one of my first wigglegrams from the shrine, with full-carpet photos taken on Nov 25.

Even more surprising to me is that last year, photos from Nov 10 (on an article posted Nov 26; don't be fooled by the article date) show a pretty full carpet. So I don't really know what's normal for this shrine. They do have a special evening light-up event tomorrow (Nov 19), so perhaps that indicates the traditional peak?

Anyway, I'll certainly have to check in again next week.

I returned through the Takao area of north-west Kyoto, which hosts two famous temples (the Kosanji Temple / 高山寺, and the Jingoji Temple / 神護寺), visited in prior posts such as this, this and this, among others.

It was too late to visit them on this trip, and I probably wouldn't with th bike anyway (I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving the bicycle as I ventured in), but I did snap a photo from the road:

desktop background image of the roof of the Saimyoju Temple (西明寺), Kyoto Japan, during fall-foliage season -- Buried in Color Saimyoji Temple / 高尾の西明寺 -- Saimyoji Temple (西明寺) -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 72mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Buried in Color
Saimyoji Temple / 高尾の西明寺
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It turns out that it's of a temple that I didn't realize was separate from the others, called the Saimyoji Temple. I'll have to check it out some day.

To be continued...


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Thank you Jeffrey for so detailed presentation and so nice pictures. I would like to visit myself these places. I already have visited many of them but going by bicycle offers you a new way to fell the beauty of the places.

— comment by Ionut on November 19th, 2016 at 8:54am JST (8 months, 2 days ago) comment permalink
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