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posted: May 31st, 2012
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This page begins with May 26 - still at Oze National Park. We go all the way through the day and then we end and go to May 27th - going home day - and that ends this page and also the May 2012 photos. Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin May 26th
  On the morning of May 26th the swallows were all going crazy with their nest building mating and flying around the buildings at the Yamanohana Area. It was 4.5° C this morning - a chilly morning. The 2nd shot shows a view as we once again went out into the marsh. You can see a BIG old tree and many Lysichiton camtschatcense in bloom. The 3rd shot shows me on the boardwalk with Mt. Shibutsu behind me. As you can see, although the rain has stopped, it's still rather cloudy - and you may be able to tell from my clothes that the 4.5° C felt pretty chilly.
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  In the first photo in this row, of Mt. Shibutsu, you can tell that it's clearing up a little bit already. The 2nd shot shows some Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage) growing underwater. The 3rd shot shows that it's now starting to clear up pretty good - it may be a sunny day after all!
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  In this first shot of Mt. Shibutsu and its reflection in a pond you can see that it is now clearing up very nicely. The 2nd shot is a beautiful one with the boardwalk and Mt. Shibutsu. We are so happy that it's not raining today and that we can get dried out. The 3rd shot shows some Fagus sp. - Beech Trees. There are 2 species of Fagus in Japan - the Fagus crenata - Japanese Beech and the Fagus japonica - Japanese Blue Beech. We are not sure which one these are, but they are definitely Fagus.
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  Here is a shot of me on the Boardwalk with Mt. Shibutsu behind me and Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage) all around. The 2nd snot shows more Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage) and mountain scenery. The 3rd shot is a beautiful shot of Mt. Shibutsu which was taken while looking out across the Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage).
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  Here is a shot similar to the previous one, but zoomed in more, of Mt. Shibutsu and the Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage). The 2nd image is 2 shots which have been stitched together and the 3rd shot was taken while using the "Vivid Mode" on my camera. Although over-saturated, it still looks pretty good.
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  The first shot here shows an "island" of Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage) in the river. The 2nd shot is another "Vivid Mode" shot, as is the 3rd one.
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  Here is a "Vivid Mode" shot very similar to the one just above it. The 2nd shot shows some Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage) underwater and note that you can quite easily see at least 5 fish in the clear water. The 3rd shot is another "Vivid Mode" shot.
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  The first shot here shows the very first blooms of the Eriophorum vaginatum - Cottongrass. This will be beautiful later in the season. The 2nd shot shows both Caltha palustris var. nipponica and Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage). The 3rd shot is a nice scenery shot in which you can see Mt. Shibutsu.
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  Here are 3 more scenic Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage) shots. You can see Mt. Shibutsu in the first 2 shots.
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  Here is a "Vivid Mode" shot and a normal shot of pretty much the same scene for comparison. Those are followed by a shot of the next hut as we approach it. That's Mt. Hiuchigatake behind it. Mt. Hiuchigatake is the tallest mountain in the Tohoku Region (2,356 m = 7,730 ft). We have not yet climbed it.
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  Here is the front door of the hut you saw in the previous shot - with Mt. Shibutsu beautifully reflected in the glass. The 2nd and 3rd shots show Mt. Hiuchigatake.
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  The first shot in this row is me on the boardwalk with Mt. Hiuchigatake behind me. The 2nd shot shows one of the 3 or 4 flowers of the Symplocarpus foetidus species of Skunk Cabbage which we saw. Why isn't there more of this one? The 3rd shot is a beautiful little Gentiana thunbergii var. minor flower. We didn't see many of these.
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  Here are 2 shots of Mt. Hiuchigatake and then a shot of Caltha palustris var. nipponica.
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  Here is one more shot of Caltha palustris var. nipponica and then a shot of both Caltha palustris var. nipponica and Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton camtschatcense) in the same shot. The 3rd shot once again shows you Mt. Hiuchigatake.
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  Here is Kazuya on the boardwalk with Mt. Hiuchigatake behind him. The 2nd shot is the main river which flows out of here to the north (the Tadami River?). The 3rd shot shows an abundance of Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage), the boardwalk and Mt. Hiuchigatake.
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  Here is an additional shot which shows both Caltha palustris var. nipponica and Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton camtschatcense) in the same photo. In 2nd position is a photo of typical "Yama-Girl" (Mountain Girl) Fashion! Are they making a fashion statement? The 3rd shot shows the boardwalk, Mt. Hiuchgatake and another hut which we just passed a few moments ago.
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  Another photo of Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton camtschatcense) growing in a line following the flowing water. The 2nd and 3rd shots show 2 different salamanders. They barely showed up through the water, but the "Auto Tone" adjustment of Photoshop did wonders to bring them out.
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  Now it's evening and we are hiking around a loop trail near the campground. The first shot shows an icy pond and Mt. Hiuchigatake off in the distance. The 2nd shot shows an abundance of Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage) growing between the boardwalks. The 3rd shot is a pretty good one of Mt. Hiuchigatake.
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  One more shot which shows both Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage) and Caltha palustris var. nipponica. That's followed by a shot of Kazuya on the boardwalk and LOTS of Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage). The 3rd shot is a single plant of Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage).
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  The final 2 shots of May 26th - a shot of Lysichiton camtschatcense (Skunk Cabbage) and the boardwalk and a shot of Kazuya beside the thermometer at the campsite. Not a very warm day today - and even now only 12° C.
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End May 26th, Begin May 27th
  Now it's May 27th - HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kazuya. And, what's he get - a COLD morning. It's now 0° C and a while ago it was -0.5° C - yes that's minus 0.5° C. The 2nd photo shows some additional "Yama-Girl" fashion. We took a short hike out into the marsh and discovered that today was the best weather day of the 3 days we were here! Too bad we have to head back home in a little while.
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  And, here you have the final 3 photos of this adventure - and they all feature Mt. Shibutsu and/or its reflection.
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End May 27th, End Page 4, End May 2012's Photos
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