Colors of Chichibu

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once down on the chichibu side, i made my way over to the urayama dam.  fall foliage was just reaching its peak there with clusters of red, yellow and orange, bright among the evergreens.  the view from the dam was simply stunning– the town of chichibu could be seen in one direction; the dam lake with mountains flanking it, on the other.

along the road that runs by the dam, there was a sign that said “don’t feed the monkeys” and “beware of bears, etc.” even as i wondered if i was really that far into the wild, i heard vicious screeching and tussling from the nearby woods, as if a fight had broken out among the wild monkeys.  as much as i would have liked to have gotten a glimpse, i was just as happy not to have to outrun a group of angry monkeys down the steep, winding road.

秩父側に下りたら浦山ダムへ。紅葉がちょうど見頃を迎えていて、とても綺麗でした。ダムからの眺めは素晴しく、片方側からは秩父市を見渡せ、反対側には秩父さくら湖が山々の間に広がっています。

ダム周辺の道には「猿に餌をあげないで下さい」や「くま出没注意」の標識があってびっくりしました。ここって、そんなに山奥なのかな...?と思ったその時。近くの森の中から怒りの叫びと争いの音が聞こえてきて辺に響き渡っていました。これぞ野生の猿!?見てみたい気もありましたが、猿に追いかけられながらワインディングを下りるのも困るので、出くわさなくて良かったです。

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One thought on “Colors of Chichibu

  1. Очень красиво! Спасибо за фотографии!

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