Fall Colors in New York

I’ll have to admit, Fall is not my favorite season…that right is reserved for Spring! The crisp air and slight chill signals the dread of approaching winter; dark dreary nights of being cooped up at home, and having to layer up in all kinds of clothing just to step out for a walk! Alright alright …I’m also known to be a tad bit over dramatic! ūüôā

But the colors of Fall –¬†why that’s quite a different matter altogether! Beautiful shades of yellow (deep ochre and burnt sienna), sometimes a flaming¬†red, can truly take your breath away! Our recent drive just out of NYC led to some incredible walks with amazing views…

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At the gates of Fushimi Inari shrine

We floated through tunnels of¬†bright vermilion, passing by a blur of kanji¬†characters, black font etched in columns on either side. Thirsty and exhausted from the¬†trek up the mountain stairs, we encouraged each other to keep climbing. The steps were a steep incline¬†and our¬†legs trembled against the hard rock, but our senses were alert, piqued by the sights and sounds all around us. The path that was normally well defined would periodically¬†detour as trailing steps into the lush forest; stones that were somehow forgotten by time…We were in Kyoto, a magical journey¬†up to the head shrine of¬†Fushimi Inari Taisha.¬†

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