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This page, the final page for May, begins with the 25th and a trip to Jindai Botanical Garden. Then we take you to May 26th and a trip to and climb of Mt. Takao and Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-Yama in a search for the Dendrobium moniliforme Orchid.   Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin May 25th
  On Saturday, May 25th, Kazuya and I went to Jindai Botanical Garden because it was supposed to rain, but we wanted to get outdoors and do something. We found the water lilies to be nicely in bloom - and we sighted a turtle on a hump in the pond.
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  We also found the Paeonia japonica there and seeing as this is lower elevation than the mountains where we found it earlier in the month, it had bloomed quite some time ago. After showing you all of the flowers of this species on the previous pages, we thought it might be nice to show you the seed pods of this species too. From the wildflower garden area, we proceeded to the Rose Garden! That red one is SO SATURATED - and the photo was not taken with anything except normal settings. We both commented "WOW, what saturated colors!" There was another super-saturated rose - an orange one, but we did not take any photos if it. This one is SO SATURATED that it makes the greens of the leaves appear as if they are black & white!
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  Here is a nice colored rose. That's followed by a Dracula bella an orchid with the flowers growing below the roots - apparently this one grows in trees in it's native habitat - elevations of 1,700 to 2,000 meters in dense cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador. The 3rd shot shows Bletilla striata - a very common orchid around here, it's a usual home-owner's flower, but beautiful.
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  In 1st position is a tightly cropped close-up of the Bletilla striata orchid so that you can see the interior of the flower - interesting to compare with the interior of the Cephalanthera falcata collage on Page 2, Row 21. In 2nd position is another Bletilla striata photo - this one with a beautiful "Stink Bug" on it. In 3rd position is a flower of the Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree aka Tulip Poplar) - a large tree with tulip shaped flowers. These flowers were 3 or 4 meters over our heads, so the photos are zoomed quite a bit.
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  Here are 2 more shots of flowers of the Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree aka Tulip Poplar).
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  And, the final 3 shots from this outing - 3 shots of Kniphofia sp. - interesting that not even the Botanical Garden knows what species it is!
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End May 25th, Begin May 26th
  On Sunday, May 26th, we went out and climbed Mt. Takao (for the 90th time) (599 m = 1,965 ft) and Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-Yama (for the 40th time) (670 m = 2,199 ft). The first thing we found were several Cremastra appendiculata Orchid plants. In this row are shots of 2 of them. The first one shows the single long leaf of this species - it was the first time we'd ever seen (or maybe, noticed) the leaf. The center shot - out of chronological order for landscape/portrait mode balance - is a shot of a Caesalpinia decapetala var. japonica tree. See the next row for increasingly zoomed in shots.
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  In 1st and 2nd positions are increasingly zoomed-in shots of the Caesalpinia decapetala var. japonica tree. Note the bright yellow flowers! In 3rd position is one of the things we specifically came here to find - Dendrobium moniliforme - Sekkoku in Japanese - The Japanese Stone Orchid.
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  Here are 3 more shots of Dendrobium moniliforme - Sekkoku in Japanese - The Japanese Stone Orchid. We come here most every year in late May or June to find this Orchid, so if you want to see more photos of it, go to the "All Photos List" page and search for it. Alternately, you can use the Google Search tool just below.

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  And, 3 more shots of Dendrobium moniliforme - Sekkoku in Japanese - The Japanese Stone Orchid.
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  Another 3 shots of Dendrobium moniliforme - Sekkoku in Japanese - The Japanese Stone Orchid. Note that the 2nd and 3rd shots show a pink-colored plant. These are quite rare it seems.
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  In first position is a 4 shot Panorama of Dendrobium moniliforme - Sekkoku in Japanese - The Japanese Stone Orchid. In 2nd and 3rd positions are 2 shots of a very high one. Keep in mind that these are found only in the oldest and tallest cedar trees. The best way to see them is by walking up on the hill - where the main trail is - and looking horizontally out at the trees - which have their trunks down in the valley below us.
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  Here is the final shot of Dendrobium moniliforme - Sekkoku in Japanese - The Japanese Stone Orchid in first position. In 2nd and 3rd positions are examples of Pseudopyxis depressa f. angustiloba - another late May and June flower which we come here to find.
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  Here are the 3 final shots for May, 2013. The first one is another example of Pseudopyxis depressa f. angustiloba, the 2nd shot is a very pretty small blue flower - possibly Scutellaria bracyspica. The 3rd shot is a huge "Sno-Cone", or Kakigori in Japanese. You can buy these for ¥400 at the small "restaurant" at the summit of Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-Yama. You can judge the size by using my hand for scale. These are strawberry flavored.
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End May 26th, End Page 3, End May 2013's Photos
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