This is my contribution to Scott Thomas Photography Assignment 10: Autumn 2010. I hope you will join and please check his blog post for rules and deadline.
Fall is a harvest season and below is a picture of my co-worker harvesting her rice paddy.
I read once that when the ancient Indians looked into the forest they could always tell what leaves were about to fall off the trees because they were yellow, orange or brown.
There were several religious events at our local temple in the last couple of weeks, and the only time I had the opportunity to capture the Autumn colors of yellow, orange, and brown were at these events.
The Buddhist monks also wear yellow, orange or brown robes, the traditional belief was that the color of a monk’s robe can tell you his seniority, dark color means that he is considered wise and a senior monk, very much like the colors of the leaves. So the color of the monk’s robe is very important, it is a constant reminder of the importance of not clinging and of letting go.
The ancient Indians theory is correct only if we were living in the ideal world, the leaves will fall when the time comes. But in the turbulent world that we live in, life is more fragile and with the gust of winds, rains or storms the leaves could fall before their time.