On Sunday, October 1, 2017, I rode my touring bike along Japan National Route 1 to Omoigawa (思川) in Iwane, Konan City. The ride out was hard and slow as I fought against a strong southeast headwind, but I enjoyed the emerging fall colors along the small river.
Omoigawa (思川) is now more of a canal than a natural river, but it teems with vegetation and wildlife. Fish attract large birds like this grey heron (アオサギ).
Local authorities in Shiga Prefecture try to educate people about the importance of keeping rivers clean. For example, an old sign explains the relationship between water quality and species of fish and aquatic animals that thrive in rivers.
The southeast wind was so strong that I decided to make a u-turn at Tsushima Shrine (津島神社), only about 11km from home.
As I was resting, I walked over to the nearest bridge, Kamidebashi (上出橋), and saw some Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ) swimming upstream.
I shot one still and some video clips with my little Panasonic DMC-LX9. At home I edited the video clips with Kdenlive on a Fedora GNU/Linux workstation. Editing was minimal. I trimmed and combined clips, added music and titles, boosted color saturation, and reduced brightness a little.
Music: “Drifting” by Jason Shaw at AudionautiX.com, Licensed under a Creative Common Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license.