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.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Mountain area

Mandarin Ducks, オシドリ

In the beginning of March the water level in the dam lake is so low, the shores are barren and the ducks huddle against the stones. Despite the bright color of the male they do blend in somehow.

I hoped for a closer look of the 2 Crested Kingfishers, ヤマセミ but got only 1 from afar.

A loud singing Varied Tit, ヤマガラ was not concerned about my presence and went busily about his business.

We really surprised each other, when after a bend in the trail I stood eye to eye with this majestic
Osprey, ミサゴ

スミレ (Sumire) Viola mandshurica - Japanese Violets, 

シャシャンボ, (Shashanbo), Vaccinium bracteatum - Sea bilberry

キブシ  (Kibushi), Stachyurus praecox 

ツクシ (Tsukushi), Equisetum arvense - Field horsetail - edible

フキ, (Fuki), Petasites japonicus - Giant butterbur  - edible

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