More on Friday’s Fall-Foliage Outing to the Ochiba Shrine
Ochiba Shrine Nov 18 not peak, but getting closer -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ochiba Shrine Nov 18
not peak, but getting closer

This post is a longer version of Friday's Checking On the Carpet of Yellow at the Ochiba Shrine, in which I posted two quick photos from a ride that day to check out the colors at the Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) in the mountains northwest of Kyoto. I started writing this followup post the next day, but have been so busy since I'm only finishing it today.

I normally like long rides, I guess to amortize the once-per-ride overhead of dealing with everything (the before and after of clothes, bike, electronics, data, and self), but I didn't get started until after noon, so I just thought to pop up to see how the Ochiba Shrine was doing fall-foliage wise.

Along the way up the first climb into the mountains, where there's little traffic, I was surprised to find Manseki coming the other way. He had just visited the same shrine with his wife.

Impromptu Shot photo by Manseki's wife -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Manseki Kanemitsu
SC-02H at an effective 26mm — 1/50 sec, f/1.7, ISO 64 — map & image datanearby photos
Impromptu Shot
photo by Manseki's wife

I then continued on toward the shrine, and went a bit past to check out a little garden I know to be nearby...

Secret Garden Kyoto cyclists go by this all the time, but likely have no idea it's there. -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Secret Garden
Kyoto cyclists go by this all the time,
but likely have no idea it's there.
Kyoto, Japan -- 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)
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This last one isn't quite as good as this comparable shot from last year that I posted a few months ago.

Typical Japan wires, maple, dump truck, thatched farmhouse, guardrail -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 34mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Typical Japan
wires, maple, dump truck, thatched farmhouse, guardrail
Mostly the Same Thing sans dump truck -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 43mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Mostly the Same Thing
sans dump truck
What Is the Point of This Ugly Photo? -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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)
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What Is the Point of This Ugly Photo?

The point is the yellow in the center background. It's washed out in the sunlight in this photo, and I guess the scale is hard to grasp, but the yellow ginkgo trees are towering. They're from where the Fallen-Leaf Shrine gets its name.

Same Trees closer up -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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)
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Same Trees
closer up

I noticed for the first time that the green hedge next to the shrine was partially yellow, right below where some of the ginkgo branches had dipped down to touch it. It's as if the yellow was contagious to the shrub:

Chameleon Shrub -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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)
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Chameleon Shrub

It turns out that the yellow section of hedge is actually a different kind of plant (the leaves look like some kind of mini maple to me, but I dunno whether such a thing even exists)...

Two Kinds of Leaves -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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)
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Two Kinds of Leaves

Anyway, I thought it was interesting.

iPad Traffic Mirror Selfie -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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)
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iPad Traffic Mirror Selfie
His Probably Turned Out Better -- Iwato Ochiba Shrine (岩戸落葉神社) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 75mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
His Probably Turned Out Better

I took the opportunity to ride a dead-end road that starts near the shrine, diving up into the mountain to a small village, but otherwise leading nowhere.

It was a pleasant ride on a wonderful day, and I stopped often for photos.

Steep Driveway -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Steep Driveway
Typical Rural Japan -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 25mm — 1/80 sec, f/1.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Typical Rural Japan
Farmer -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 58mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Farmer
Farmer's House just lovely -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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)
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Farmer's House
just lovely
Just Old no fire damage is visible, so it's probably just old and neglected -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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)
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Just Old
no fire damage is visible, so it's probably just old and neglected

I also tried a few little offshoots that were likely forestry or dam-construction roads.

Pleasant -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Pleasant
Architecture Unburdened with the constraints of right angles -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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)
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Architecture Unburdened
with the constraints of right angles
Tempting-Looking Road once you reach the middle of nowhere, find the least-used offshoot and you'll be here -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 28mm — 1/40 sec, f/2.1, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Tempting-Looking Road
once you reach the middle of nowhere, find the least-used offshoot and you'll be here
Slippery Moss with some road peeking through -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Slippery Moss
with some road peeking through
End of My Line road turns to full-on gravel from here -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 34mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.3, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
End of My Line
road turns to full-on gravel from here
Heading Back Down -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Back Down
Tall, Encroaching Grass -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 31mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Tall, Encroaching Grass

After exploring all the nooks and crannies the dead-end road beyond the shrine had to offer, I headed home via the Takao area of Kyoto, which has some very nice temples, the most famous of which is Jingoji, which appeared on my blog here, and Kosanji (often incorrectly referred to as Kozanji), which appeared here. Anyway, even the drive through on National Route 162 is pretty, and that's all I saw this time through...

Village Between the Temples -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 31mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Village Between the Temples
Rust-Colored Leaves and rust-colored rust -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Rust-Colored Leaves
and rust-colored rust
Roof Saimyoji Temple (西明寺) -- Saimyoji Temple (西明寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Roof
Saimyoji Temple (西明寺)

Finally I did the a little side climb to a hilltop cemetery. It's short — just half a mile (600m) — but it averages 15% and the final 110m is 23~25%.

View To Die For Narutaki Reien Cemetery (鳴滝霊園) -- Narutaki Reien Cemetery (鳴滝霊園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- 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 41mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
View To Die For
Narutaki Reien Cemetery (鳴滝霊園)

On the way home I stopped by a hotel where a friend had a photo exhibition opening...

Kyoto, Japan -- 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 60mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos

I felt a bit odd showing up in cycling gear, but it was fine and so where the photos.

In the end my short little ride turned out to be 77km (48mi), which isn't short, but not quite up to recent par. The median of the last 30 days I've ridden (more than 25km) is 101km.


One comment so far...

Enjoyed all the Fall colors – thanks for posting all of these images.

— comment by Tom in SF on November 22nd, 2016 at 11:26pm JST (5 months, 4 days ago) comment permalink
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