Saturday, November 24, 2012
Fall and Colors (This week's Photo Hunt theme)
Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is one of my favorite classical musical works -- this despite my having been born in a part of the world where we officially only have two seasons: rainy and dry (although, if truth be told, it's been known to rain during the "dry" season too -- so, really, Malaysia's seasons should be called heavy rainy and rainy ones).
And yes, I do reckon it helps me to appreciate the Italian Baroque composer's set of violin concertos (more) that I have spent time in countries (notably Britain -- where I first set my eyes on beautiful autumn leaves and found out how fun and pleasurable it can be to walk through thick piles of fallen autumn leaves! -- and the USA) that do indeed have spring, summer, autumn (or fall, as the Americans call it) and winter.
Sub-tropical Hong Kong also has four distinct seasons of the year -- and each year, I find myself most eagerly awaiting the arrival of autumn (or fall). What with the territory's summers being on the long as well as hot and super humid side, the cooler and drier weather that signals that the onset of fall really comes as a wonderfully refreshing relief.
Of course, it'd be even more lovely if the fall here in Hong Kong also offered up the sight of fall foliage with resplendent colors like those found in places like Vermont. Instead, I "just" have to content myself with enjoying the colors of the golden hour and sunsets that can seem especially beautiful in the fall. (Put another way: surely it's not coincidental that I took all the photos in this week's entry for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts over three consecutive weeks last fall? ;b)