August 20, 2003: Autumn comes from sky
|I visited Kumamoto City on Group of Friends' meeting. Usually, I take a bus, but my husband drives for me today.
We started seven in the morning. Kuju mountain range is in sight soon.
|We pass Ubuyama village after Kuju town. The color contrast of the rice paddies and blue sky is very good. I hope the cool summer this year may not affect the grow of rice.|
|A large windmill rotates slowly in the blue sky.|
Route 57 takes us to volcano Aso.
Aso valley is shrouded with a sea of clouds.
|We run in the morning mist. A plume of living volcano came into sight soon.|
The top of the plume is blown away by the strong westerly wind.
|After the meeting, we headed east.
Today, Kumamoto City is in an oven, 35 degrees C in the afternoon. Towering thunderclouds rise high into the sky.
|Popped up white clouds are very beautiful.|
|Darker clouds start to cover the sky.|
|We climbed the outer rim of Aso crater and headed home.|
|We took a short break at Shiroyama observation platform with the altitude of 748 meters.|
|Sunset red and dark clouds make an illusionary scene.|
We drove smoothly in a grassy plain in the twilight.
|I found Ominaeshi (Goldbaldrian) on a road side.|
|Yes, autumn is knocking your door.
We have had a pleasant drive after a long time. We enjoyed blue sky, white clouds, and green field.
The hot summer is ready to leave.