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My Autumn’s Done Come: Sunday

Well, here I am back in last weekend again — with a new one just around the corner. Sunday rocked as well, just some low-key, low-impact, low-input rocking on and around one of my neighbourhood mountains. Lots of colour again — hope you like the shots.

It was cloudy and cool, but I was in another of those unfeasibly good moods that, if word got out, could cripple both my image and my blogging career, so keep it quiet. Coffee, obviously. But also music stuff, some more finished product — I’ll spare you the details but I felt GREAT, and that new product got a solid thrashing via the Sennheisers and the phone as I crossed the Daecheongcheon…

Looking upriver towards Bulmo-San — the river banks are being “renovated”…again…

..and up a short road to one of the numerous paths snaking up little Dead Man’s Peak — as I christened it (you’ll soon see why):

The woods on this 15-minute climb are always a treat, never more so than on a dark late-Autumn afternoon like this one.

Even the trash (standard instant-coffee cup) seemed to fit in

On Saturday’s hike it was reds and russets and oranges that left the strongest impression. Today was mostly variations on yellow.

From the summit, looking towards downtown Gimhae City (you can just make out the walls of Bun-San Fortress on the distant right) beyond the apartment towers of Jangyu, my town:

‘Taint much but it’s home

And the reason I gave the hill its moniker. I wrote about this spot once before after a night-time visit. Every time I come up here I find myself ranting mentally at the hubris and selfishness of this human (or his/her relatives) who would happily clear a mountain top on public land and plant their corpse on the top of it so a century or so of walkers could enjoy their company:

I started down via the main ridge for a short distance…

..and then found myself swinging down a rough dirt road I’d never walked before.

Like most hills in Korea, much of its flanks sport graves.

Down I went, music in my ears, totally at ease with my lot in life. I enjoyed this road, which is suspect is only here to aid grave maintenance.

Nothing prepared me for the sight of a newly born metropolis rising above the road ahead:

Yulha metastasising

I’ve seen these buildings before, several times, on jaunts along Yulha Creek with its cornucopia of coffee joints — but never from this perspective. I kept stopping, staggered, to take a shot as they grew and multiplied.

This little local was most upset by my appearance, and commenced whining and yelping like I’d just thrown a stone at it. I made tracks:

And this is very Korean — all about the concrete haunches of this suburb in the sky were small farms, gardens, rundown farmhouses, dirty alleys. Black goats frolicked in a small paddock, chickens scratched in the dirt a few hundred metres from the rising apartments. Pumpkins colonised old tiled roofs and collapsing walls. They fit a lot in a small space over here, and you can fit a lot into a short walk.

And there I was in Yulha. I made for the creek…

..through a neighbourhood not unlike my own, which is sprouting new townhouses at a prodigious rate where a few months ago there were cabbage patches…

I was feeling so good, it didn’t take much inner debate before I justified the imbibing of a third coffee — always a dangerous move, sleep-wise — and ambled along the bank, past the string of cafes buzzing with weekend java slaves, to my current fave.

Any chance of a sound night’s sleep was doomed, but — as always — it was worth it.

~ And that’s all the Goat wrote

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16 Comments

    • Thank you, sir! I am enjoying browsing through your blog tonight. I have a permaculture background myself, and am a mad gardener when I’m settled in my own space.

  1. Still following along quietly. Enjoyed the splendid mountain hikes a while back. So many good hours of walking in Korea. There is something surreal about all the high-rise buildings and the graves on the hillsides. I’ve been in good spirits, too, — again trying to learn to play my ukulele and dulcimer(s). Just bought a smaller dulcimer. Didn’t realize until just recently that the one I bought when I was in my 20s is really too large for me to play easily. It’s a beauty, with wooden tuning pegs. I’ve got my Jean Ritchie songbook out and am aware of how she influenced Bob Dylan.

    By the way, “Pay in Blood” is my favorite from “Tempest.” This new music from Bob Dylan came along just at the right time for me. I’ve gotten some good creative energy in connection with it.

    • Great comment, Am — thanks. Glad you’re in a good frame of mind and finding fulfilment of your own in music. You know, despite hearing about dulcimers for years I didn’t have a clear image of one in my head, so you’ve prompted me to have a look online. And all I can say is…cute!

      As for walking in Korea, I worked out today I’ve done 107 walks here this year. I just hope I don’t run out places!

  2. a strawberry patch says

    A whole city gets constructed at one time? As much as I dislike them, cities really do look beautiful from a mountaintop.

    I count on you for grumpiness and sarcasm, what’s with all this happiness? 😉

  3. That city appearing as one high rise block of buildings is like nothing I’ve ever seen out here. As you know, we specialise in spreading the same amount of crap as low-rise instead, over about 50 kms, so I’m not sure what’s worse?!

    Well done with the curving path shot, as I’m a sucker for those! Is that the 24mm getting a workout? If so, that lens really does get the job done.

    I also can’t believe you were in the right spot to capture someone riding past with rabbit ears!

    • Yeah, that walk had a few sweet surprises in a relatively short amble! I know, Australian suburbs go on forever; you have to give the Asians credit for going vertical!

      That rabbit-eared girl was a bonus. I saw her family not too far and didn’t want to point a camera at their kid, so I just stepped off the path and aimed the camera upriver — one of the benefits of the wide lens!

  4. Alice says

    You captured wonderful shades of autumn. I especially like the tree stump with a petticoat. Once when hiking in Colorado, I walked and walked and walked to distance myself from other humans–came to the top of a hill to the view of condos. Grrr.

    • Thanks, Alice. You don’t have to walk too far to get a few of the white towers in these parts. On the plus side, you would have to be really, really unlucky to get badly lost!

  5. I haven’t been around for a few days but here you are, still unaccountably happy and relaxed. What are you on? And can I have some please? ;). The incongruous little girl in bunny ears and a mask on her trike is I suppose not all that uncommon a sight over there…

    • Sorry, none to spare! I’m probably just excited about a forthcoming adventure a long way from home. And the music thing is hard work but keeps me creatively satisfied.

      Yes, bunny ears, or those of other mammals, are a common sight. The other say I even saw a cute-animal hood around the toothless face of an old lady in the park. No irony intended on her part!

  6. Franko Paddo says

    The shots of the cities being constructed are alien to me. As if from a science fiction film. They are also slightly unsettling. Everyhting looks nice when new ……what happens in 20 or 50 years?

    Will they be dirty and overcrowded?

    “Blade Runner” anyone or perhaps “Soylent Green”?

    • Hopefully Soylent Green — there are too many people here!

      Yeah, let’s see if they turn into slums. I suspect not. “Out of sight, out of mind,” etc probably applies more to the streets and roadsides and fields. I hope there’s a bit more pride shown at home. I can certainly vouch for the lack of graffiti over here.

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