NAGANO, Japan (NBC/NTV) - Nature lovers in Central Japan got a last chance to admire the reflection of autumn leaves in a pond before a powerful typhoon arrives.
Kagami Pond -- named after the Japanese word for mirror -- is a famous spot to observe changing autumn colors in Japan's Nagano Prefecture.
Early risers on Wednesday were treated to a last glimpse of red leaves at their peak, before the approach of Typhoon Francisco.
Meteorologists say above-average temperatures caused the leaves to remain on the trees a bit longer than usual, but they say they are likely to be blown away by strong winds later this week.
Just last week, a typhoon slammed into eastern Japan, causing a landslide that claimed dozens of lives.