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posted: June 30th, 2011
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This page begins and ends with June 24th - a day trip to Mt. Mizugaki - in Yamanashi Prefecture. This was an amazing 2,230.2 meter (7,317 feet) mountain, such incredible scenery!
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Begin June 24th
  On Friday, June 24th, Kazuya and I got up at 3:40 AM, got ready and left the house via bicycle at 4:25 AM for a day trip. We took a 5:00 AM train from our local station and got off the train at 7:38 AM at Nirasaki, in Yamanashi Prefecture. Then we took 2 different local buses and ended up at the base of Mt. Mizugaki at about 9:00 AM and started climbing. The first photo in this row shows one side of the road, and a mountain hut, where we started climbing and the 2nd photo shows the other side of the road. The 3rd photo shows a beautiful pink Primrose - a Primula japonica - a new Primrose for us.
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  Here are 3 shots of Primula japonica. The 3rd shot gives you a good idea of how tall this plant is.
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  Here are 3 shots of Mt. Mizugaki - using varying degrees of zooming. Not sure exactly what our destination is, or even if our destination can actually be seen from here, but anyway, as you can see - we will be climbing an amazingly rocky mountain.
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  Here are 3 more shots showing just how beautifully rocky this area is.
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  Here is a Trientalis europaea - a Starflower, followed by a shot of a HUGE - probably 6 or 7 meters in height - split rock. Notice how people have stuck supports under the edge - cute, eh! The 3rd shot is a Rhododendron degronianum - a beautiful flower. We were also searching for a new orchid for us which was reported as being found here just 8 days ago. Unfortunately we did not find any of them though.
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  Here are 3 shots showing the rockiness of the trail. The 2nd shot shows me and the 3rd shot shows Kazuya.
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  More rocky trail and then a shot of a violet - Viola biflora. The 3rd shot is a shot of Schistostega pennata - A Luminous Moss (the glowing green area at the center of the photo) - which Kazuya found in a small cave. Truly Amazing!
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  The first shot in this row is a shot of Mt. Fuji. The 2nd shot is another rocky scenery shot and the 3rd shot is again - Mt. Fuji.
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  Here is a photo of Schizocodon ilicifolius var. australis in first position. That is followed by 2 shots of a rock with a climber ascending it.
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  Here is a shot of that huge pinnacle with the climber on it which is actually an image composed of 3 exposure bracketed shots which have been Tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro Software using the Details Enhancer Option. The 2nd image is 3 shots which have been "Fused" using the Photomatix Pro Software. The 3rd shot is another rocky scenery shot. We are within 20 minutes of the summit at this point.
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  Here is a shot of Rhododendron degronianum, just below the summit. The 2nd shot is a summit scenery shot from the top of Mt. Mizugaki (2,230.2 meters = 7,317 feet). The 3rd shot is another of Rhododendron degronianum.
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  Here are 3 summit scenery shots - the 3rd one shows Mt. Fuji.
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  And 3 more summit shots. The 2nd shot shows one of the 3 summit monuments on this mountain - don't ask me why they need 3 summit monuments, I don't know. The 3rd shot shows me.
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  Here are 2 more summit scenery shots and then another shot of Rhododendron degronianum - which was on the north edge of the summit.
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  Here is the 2nd summit monument, with a person standing there. We were not alone on this summit, although it was not crowded either. The 2nd shot is more summit scenery. The 3rd shot is the 3rd summit monument - this one is the most informative of the 3.
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  Here are shots of me and Kazuya standing at the one summit monument. The wind was blowing like a banshee up here, which accounts for Kazuya's funny hair. We felt in danger of being blown off the mountain at times. The 3rd shot is a Trientalis europaea, right here at the summit.
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  The first shot here shows that rock pillar which the person was climbing before - now he or she is descending. The 2nd shot is of the summit area from just 3 or 4 meters below the summit - beautiful blue sky. The 3rd shot is Cephalanthera longibracteata - A Silver Orchid which we found on our way down the mountain.
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  Here is a final shot of Rhododendron degronianum. This shot also shows the trail. The final shot is a very beautiful cloud shot.
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End June 24th, End Page 4, End June 2011's Photos
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