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This page begins and ends with March 23rd and a trip to Minami (South) Mt. Takao and a LONG hike all the way to Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-Yama and down the Hikage Creek Road. Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin March 23rd
  On March 23rd we got up at 4:35 AM, got ready and left for our local train station of Musashi-Sakai. We took the trains to Hashimoto and then took a bus to a bus stop where we could start climbing up to Mt. Takao via the Minami (South) Route. We had only been to this area together once before, so it was Kazuya's 3rd time here and my 2nd time. In this row you can see the first impressive find of the day. The 1st and 3rd shots show you Viola phalacrocarpa and the center shot shows Viola phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima. What's the difference? Well, you must look closely, but if you do, you will note that the flower stems of Viola phalacrocarpa have small hairs on them, while the flower stems of Viola phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima are smooth or hairless (glabrous), and therfore V. phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima
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  In first position in this row is a species of Ajuga. The 2nd shot shows a species of Arisaema (Jack-in-the-Pulpit). The 3rd shot shows an ugly sight for people with allergies to Cedar Pollen - it is blowing Cedar Pollen.
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  Here is another shot of Blowing Cedar Pollen and then a shot of Viola phalacrocarpa. In 3rd position is a shot of Viola phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima. This is a rare find for us, so you may expect to see several more photos of it.
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  In 1st and 3rd positions are 2 more shots of Viola phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima and in center position is an example of Viola obtusa.
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  In the first shot in this row you can get an idea of how tiny the flowers of Viola obtusa are. In 2nd position is another shot of Viola phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima and in 3rd position is a shot of Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana.
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  Here are 2 additional shots of Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana and those are followed by a shot of Viola bissetii.
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  In 1st position is another photo of Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana and then 2 more shots of Viola phalacrocarpa.
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  In first position here is a shot of an Orchid - Cymbidium goeringii. That is followed by a shot showing Viola phalacrocarpa on the right & Cymbidium goeringii on the left and then a shot of Viola phalacrocarpa.
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  Here is another shot of the Cymbidium goeringii Orchid and then a very rare find for us - Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana. We generally only find this species once a year, so don't expect to see it again unless we are incredibly fortunate. The 3rd shot is another species of Ajuga.
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  Here are 2 more shots of Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana followed by another shot of Viola phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima.
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  Here is another shot of Viola phalacrocarpa f. glaberrima and that is followed by 2 shots of Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana.
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  Here is where we stopped for lunch last year. This year, however, we noticed that we could get to Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-Yama by only hiking another 7.1 kilometers, so we decided to keep going and eat our lunch there as it was only 10:41 AM at this time. The first shot in this row was taken this year. We remembered that last year Tsukui Lake looked very different when we here on April 13th. We couldn't figure out what was where, so we took several shots. The 2nd shot was taken last year on April 13th when we hiked this course. The 3rd shot was also taken this year - again, it is Tsukui Lake.
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  The first image in this row is a collage of the best photo of last year and a small portion of the first shot in the previous row to show you how much different it looked last year - for 2 reasons. The 1st reason is the water level and the 2nd reason is the Cherry Blossoms on what was an island last year. We have no explanation for why the water level is so much lower this year. The 2nd and 3rd shots are Cymbidium goeringii.
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  The first shot in this row shows a small portion of the trail we hiked and the forest we were hiking through. The 2nd and 3rd shots are of Viola eizanensis. We keep playing with the settings on our cameras to try and get these flower shots to come out as our eyes see them, but the color is never correct. The actual color of the flowers on this plant were a very light pink, somewhere between the 2 shots shown here.
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  We had never been on this trail before and now we are at Oodarumi Pass and headed up to Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-Yama (670 m = 2,199 ft) for the 38th time. As you can see on that sign, the elevation of this pass is 392 m (= 1,286 ft). We will not be going over the summit of Mt. Takao to get to Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-Yama. The 2nd and 3rd shots show a violet which we consider ourselves fortunate to see every couple of years. It is a Viola grypoceras f. purpurellocalcarata.
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  Here is a final shot of that Viola grypoceras f. purpurellocalcarata - and probably the final shot of it which you will see this year. The next shot is a Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana and the 3rd shot is a Viola japonica.
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  Here is another shot of that same Viola japonica. This was after we passed over the summit of Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-Yama. The 2nd shot is one of our favorite violets - it is Viola yezoensis f. discolor - the Takao Violet. This was one species which was not yet in full bloom. In fact we barely saw any plants at all.
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  Here is another shot of that same Viola yezoensis f. discolor - Takao Violet. The 2nd shot was taken at the Hikage Creek Bus Stop - too many people today! Where did they all come from? We didn't see hardly any people as we came down the Hikage Creek Road. The time now was 2:38 PM! We hiked for about 7.5 hours today. A darn good hike.
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  You're probably thinking "But, wait a minute, there is one more weekend in March, 2013!" Well, yes, you're correct, but there are already too many photos for March and seeing that the remaining weekend happens to fall on the final 2 days of the month (the 30th and 31st), it would not really be feasible to take photos on March 30th and 31st and then get them sorted, labeled and ready by April 1st. I have therefore decided to post any great photos from the final weekend of March with next month's photos. Hope you don't have any big objections.
End March 23rd, End Page 5, End March 2013's Photos
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