October's Flower is the Cosmos
It's always a bit controversial to choose a recent import to Japan as a flower of the month, however if you've ever been around this part of Japan in October you've probably seen these flowers. It seems they grow almost anywhere there's a vacant bit of land, sometimes they are planted in rice fields after the harvest. Many people (myself included) grow these in pots. It's hard to think of a more beautiful scene than a field full of purple, pink and white Cosmos flowers swaying in a gentle breeze on a lovely October's afternoon in Kyoto.
For those of you who've been wondering what's happened to me, I've been extremely busy for the past few weeks. Things should quieten off a bit from November. Hopefully I'll get some time then to hand out a few more promotional photo cards to tourists, attend a meet up of content creators or two, and most importantly get out and photo the beautiful autumn colours in Kyoto.
This photo was taken in a field behind the Den Yakiniku Restaurant near the Hankyu Nishiyama-Tennozan station. That place is very much in flower right now, however the field is only about half the size as it used to be thanks to a new apartment building (called "manshion" in Japanese) being built there. However I'm sure you can find plenty of others anywhere in the outskirts of Kyoto.
This photo was taken with a D700 camera and an AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens. The only editing I did to it was to crop it a bit.