This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Frogs and Ajisai

July. The disastrous rains of this month have put me off going anywhere. I don't have the strength to face the mess of ruined buildings, cars, gardens and mountain slopes in the country-site. I feel tremendously sorry for those affected. There is nothing I can do and nobody wants a foreigner with a camera nosing around.
The following images are from the days before, when the Hydrangea was still in bloom and the first lively baby frogs jumped! out.

カノコガ, May the Amata Fortunei bring good fortunes to those who need it!

Monday, 2 July 2018

Summer birds

A drive around the fields and nearby mountains didn't produce anything interesting, but a common bird is still better than no bird at all, right?

Zitting Cisticola, セッカ

The grasses are full of seed now and the Greenfinches are taking their fill
Oriental Greenfinch, カワラヒワ


A pair with fading breeding colors, Would they have finished nesting already?
Cattle Egret, アマサギ 

I lost sight of the Moorhen's nest in the tall reed. Where are the chicks? Won't you show them to me?
Common Moorhen, バン

The young Flycatchers are harder to track down as well. Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ 
I could here their calls when...

... suddenly the noisy Minivets dropped by. 

I realize now they are Ryukyu Ashy Minivets, リュウキュウサンショウクイ

Lotus flower: ハスの花

Left: Gooseneck Loosestrife, オカトラノオ      Right: Chinese Spiranthes, ネジバナ

Persian Silk Tree, ネムノキ

Bungo mori, the old rail yard

We had been to this place before and I didn't get what I'd hoped for. Now, with the clouds and the waterlogged paddy fields... I still didn't really get it.

Monochrome - to make it a bit dramatic


On the way this place that looked like an an abandoned inn

Would there still be something inside? Pickles? Sake?

Sunday, 1 July 2018

3rd stop: Mt. Aso

Not the touristy area around the crater, but the meadows of higher altitude, that's where you wanna be. There weren't any lilies yet for these birds to perch on, so I head to look real hard

Japanese Reed Bunting, コジュリン male

Zitting Cisticola, セッカ

カワラヒワ, Oriental Greenfinch

トビ, Black Kite

An interesting looking moth that disappeared under an old wood trunk way too soon. 

Pairing butterflies, probably ウラギンヒョウモン, High Brown Fritillary

At the end of the day a quick stop at this "bird park" for some weird shots...

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Around Mt. Kuju

Later that morning I walked to my favorite points at Mt Kuju, telling myself NOT to hang around with the buntings. I would end up with the same images as the last time. Last timeS I should say.
So I didn't have the right lens for this guy. But what the hell, I was happy and it wasn't even 9am yet!

Japanese Green Woodpecker, アオゲラ

Calling hours on end and flying over my head numerous times: Lesser Cuckoo, ホトトギス

One of the Buntings I wasn't supposed to be looking at, Meadow Bunting, ホオジロ

 In time for Japanese Snowbell to drop it's blossom in the stream. I had hoped for this!

Still around, the mysterious plant ギンリュウソウ, Monotropastrum humile

last a purple question mark

To be continued