As I've mentioned before, fall is my favorite time of year
. This, of course, is not limited to fall in the United States. In fact, despite the beautiful fall scenery here in southwestern Pennsylvania, I've been lucky enough to visit some even more breathtaking fall displays around the world.
Last summer I began what turned into a rather epic seven-month backpacking trip around the world. Starting in Japan where I had been teaching English for two years, I traveled overland through China, Mongolia, Russia, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain, eventually making my way down to West Africa by sailboat before flying back to the U.S. The goal was to see how far around the world I could get without the use of planes, relying on just about every other mode of transportation I could think of — foot, bike, horse, bus, train, sailboat, ferry and, of course, thumb.
During my travels, I encountered some of the most colorful people and places I've ever seen. As anyone who has done any extensive traveling knows, it's ultimately about the people you meet along the way (but surely some of the natural places I visited will remain with me forever).
Here are a couple pictures of fall that I took during my travels. Japan in particular (pictured above), is home to some of the most spectacular changes in season I've witnessed anywhere. Perhaps one of the most lasting things that I've taken from Japanese culture is their celebration and awareness of the cycles and rhythms of nature, their appreciation for the fleeting beauty of seasonal change.
To bring it all back full circle — because everything in life seems to be cyclical on some level — also included are a couple more fall photos (above and below) from my recent trip to West Virginia, as detailed in my last post.
Including ... a peacock. Not quite the fall symbolism of a turkey, but why not?
Photos: Chris Tittle