Monday, December 6, 2021

To keep memories of the Chinese Tallow Trees at Ukigumo-ennchi

This place is Ukigumo-ennchi Park in Nara Park.
Ukigumo literally means "floating clouds."

At this place, I have admired the flamboyant autumn shows of Chinese Tallows
which are planted as ornamental roadside or park trees for long.
Unfortunately, the trees' invasiveness has put the evergreen broad-leaf forest 
of Mt. Kasuga (World Heritage) in danger according to the Mt. Kasuga Forest Reserve.
The seeds of them are carried by birds to drop in that nearby primitive forest.
Authorities have a plan to replace them with Cherry and Pine trees eventually.

Now that it's December, all of their leaves fell to the ground.
I will show how the kaleidoscopic color changes of the leaves look
with the photos taken mid-November, 2018 and 2021
They are fabulous in each different light.

November 4th, 2018

November 6th, 2021

The leaves, the heart-shaped with a point, were dancing in the breeze.

November 13th, 2021

About twenty Chinese Tallows were cut down at Ukigumo-enchi this September.
The landscape doesn't look so different so far
but you can see the trees are sparse compared to the photo six years ago.

November 5th, 2015
November 13th, 2021

Autumn has rapidly deepened to bring chilly blast of winter.
I can't believe that these Chinese Tallows will eventually disappear from people's sight.
When I look back in future, would I feel they passed by in the blink of an eye?

Past post; Fabulous autumn coloration of Chinese Tallow Trees (2017)

Linked to Mosaic Monday


  1. Fabulous autumn coloration indeed ! The pictures are gorgeous and the trees stunning !
    Thanks for sharing those faraway beauties !
    Have a lovely and cozy week !

  2. These trees are beautiful as they change in the seasons yet I’ve read that the leaves and fruit of the Chinese tallow can be toxic to humans and animals. Not sure if this is true or not but to miss cut down trees is natural and a sign of respect for their existence. They become familiar like family.

  3. Hello,
    The park looks beautiful! Lovely captures of the Autumn colors and trees! Deer must be very tame there, coming so close to people. Take care, have a happy new week!

  4. I cannot remain dispassionate when it comes to cutting trees down. Considering the amount of time it takes a tree to grow there should be alternative means. I mean, not so monstrous, even for a good cause. Nara Park is a treasure, it shouldn’t be touched, it should be preserved. Let us hope, that those in charge would weigh all options. You live in a beautiful place, Yoko!

  5. Yoko - lovely colors ... It is a shame they will cut down these trees, but I understand the desire to maintain the native species. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  6. Love the beautiful park and gorgeous captures.

    Fall is so pretty in your corner of the world.

  7. Such an appropriate name Yoko - Floating Clouds, especially with that beautiful sky that you have shown. Your Autumn colours have been spectacular, and like us the colours have lingered on right through November. Now sadly the trees are suddenly turning stark and bare until next spring.

  8. precious friend Yoko your magnificent blog and the magical photos you share on it has made us great fonder of Japan .my whole family loves the virtual tour to the Japanese parks via youtube videos too :)

    these gorgeous tree add great beauty to the environment obviously but as you mentioned that their abundance has caused issue to the forest near so precautions are being taking .
    your way of capturing is magnificent and uplifts my soul instantly .
    blessings to you and loved ones!

  9. Hi Yoko,
    This park must be fantastic. How beautiful are the colors of autumn.
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.
    Time goes by so quickly, so we have to make the most of the good moments in life.
    All the best

  10. He disfrutado mucho a través de tus excelentes fotografías, de la belleza y bonito colorido del parque, y de sus árboles.
    A veces hay que tomar ciertas medidas drásticas, como la que cuentas, ya que hasta lo más bello, se puede convertir en una pesadilla, y acabar con otras planta o árboles también autóctonos.
    Gracias, por tu buen hacer.
    Un abrazo, Yoko.

  11. It's too bad the Tallows are so invasive. They are certainly beautiful as their colors change with the seasons. The trees in the National Forest behind our house are being cut to provide safety from wildfire. I miss them, but I'm learning to appreciate the beauty of the open landscape and the expanse of sky that the trees hid in the past. Like you, I hold the memories of the trees in my photos from the past.

  12. Such beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing. Hugs.

  13. Con las especies invasoras hay que tomar medidas para protejer lo autóctono. El parque sigue viéndose precioso con la magia del otoño. Gracias
    Buen domingo Yoko
    Un abrazo.

  14. 今日は、はじめて 南京櫨(ナンキンハゼ)って知りました。ハゼの木の種類もいろいろあるんですね。本当にinvasive そして肌にも...  sparse 初めての英単語でした、はは。 実は 自宅の近所にはあまり自然が無いので ブログの投稿にいつも一苦労ですp;-) 先日 主人が高血圧の お薬を飲み忘れて ひと騒動 コメント遅くなって御免なさい。
    Lots of LOVE、Miyako;

  15. How lovely to see these Autumnal colours, I enjoyed your photographs.

    All the best Jan

  16. Species are free of charge. It is our lack of foresight, our poor understanding of nature that is the source of imbalances. Invaders or not, these trees are as beautiful as the images in which you show them to us.

  17. However, they will pay the debt of which we become belatedly aware.

  18. Φύση, ομορφιά και αυθεντικότητα. Όπως δηλαδή κι ο εσωτερικός σου κόσμος. Μπράβο!!!


  19. ·.
    I really like your Chinese tallow tree. Its autumn colors are spectacular.
    I had a very similar one, the Virginia Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). In red it was amazing.
    May we all have the best year 2022


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