Harvest Time in Fall （秋熟）
This is a scene from the Sichuan countryside.
Many years ago I went with Professor Tsai You and some other people to sketch Jiuzhai Gorge in Sichuan. We spent around half a day at a place called Yellow Dragon River near Chengdu, and sketched the countryside. It was indescribably beautiful.
Fall has come and the rice has ripened. Flat, differently-colored rice fields stretch out in front of us. The rice spikes sway in waves when the breeze blows. It is extraordinarily lovely.
The banks of the small creek over here are covered with tall wild grass (they are actually reeds). In the fall the grass flowers, and the grayish-white tufts lean in the wind. There is a palpable sense of autumn in the air.＠