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This is Page 2 of 2 - the best of February 2013!
posted: February 28th, 2013
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This page begins with February 23rd and a trip out to Takao and a hike up the Hikage Creek road; lunch at Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama and then a hike down a new trail - the Hikage Creek Ridge trail.   Click on any thumbnail to begin.

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  As the header says, on Saturday, February 23rd, Kazuya and I went out to Takao and then took a bus to the Hikage Creek Bus Stop. From there we hiked down to Hikage Creek to check on the status of the Chrysosplenium album var. stamineum. As you can see in the first photo, it is budding, but it's still going to be a while before the flowers open. The 2nd shot shows you the amount of snow on the Hikage Creek Road - we did not expect this. This is the most snow we've ever seen here. The 3rd shot shows a small part of the Cedar Forest which covers this area. You can see that this year is going to be a very terrible year for people with pollen allergies. All of that orange color is Cedar Pollen Sacs and in a few weeks the pollen is going to start blowing around. Many people are already complaining about their allergies.
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  Here are 3 shots of birds. The first shot is a Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida) or Kayakuguri in Japanese - it is indigenous to Japan. The 2nd and 3rd shots are of a different bird - a Gabichou in Japanese (Garrulax canorus) (the Chinese Hwamei or Melodious Laughingthrush). I am told that it is a very popular cagebird in China due to it's beautiful song.
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  Well, well! We found the very first violets of the season today. Up near the top of the road, where the sun shines on the hillside we found these specimens of Viola grypoceras. Spring is coming!!
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  Here is a final shot of Viola grypoceras. The 2nd shot is looking from the Hikage Creek Road to I-Ccho-Daira, which we have shown you many photos of over the years. The 3rd shot was taken from the summit of Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (670 m = 2,199 ft). Today we ended up hiking down that ridge which you see extending from the left edge of the photo - the one with the small patch of hardwoods on it. We never even realized that there was a trail there; we just discovered it today. It's a nice trail. By the way, this is the same ridge which you can see on Page 1 - the 3rd photo in Row 1.
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  Oops! What passed by here before us? From the size of the pile it just about had to be a Black Bear. The 2nd and 3rd shots show the snow up on this ridge under the hardwoods.
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  Here are the final 2 shots from this adventure. We found several Cymbidium goeringii orchid plants on this hike and this particular plant has the buds which were expanded the most. Another indication that spring is coming. In Japanese this Orchid is called "Shun Ran" which translates as Spring Orchid.
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End February 23rd, End Page 2, End February 2013's Photos
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