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This page begins with April 26th and Kazuya's trip to Western Tokyo in search of violets. Then on the 27th we went, together, to Mt. Makiyose in search of violets. Tuesday, April 29th was a National Holiday so we went out and climbed Mt. Ougi and Mt. Momokura, in Yamanashi Prefecture - also in search of violets.   Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin April 26th
  On Saturday the 26th we got up at 4:30 AM and prepared to go out, but my stomach was pretty funny feeling, so I stayed at home. Kazuya went out to somewhere in Saitama Prefecture in search of violets. He found several specimens of Viola x pseudo-makinoi f. concolor (also see Page 2). In addition he found Viola violacea var. makinoi, which I don't think we have shown you yet this year. The first photo is one of my favorites - that little flower has its head tilted as if asking "who are you?".
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  In first and second positions in this row are 2 more examples of Viola violacea var. makinoi. In 3rd position is a new violet for our life list - Viola x pseudo-makinoi. This one has variegated leaves, as opposed to the Viola x pseudo-makinoi f. concolor in Row #1 and also on Page 2. You will realize that "concolor" means "no color" or "without color" in Latin. This is what differentiates it from the Viola x pseudo-makinoi - which has the variegated color pattern of the leaves.
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  Here are 2 more examples of Viola x pseudo-makinoi and those are followed by a specimen of Viola sieboldi f. variegata.
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  In this row is another example of Viola sieboldi f. variegata, a shot of the beautiful soft shades of early spring green and then another photo of Viola violacea var. makinoi.
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  These final 3 shots from this date show an example of Viola sieboldi f. variegata and then 2 final shots of this new violet for our life list - Viola x pseudo-makinoi
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End April 26th, Begin April 27th
  On Saturday April 27th we again got up at 4:30 AM and we went out to Western Tokyo and climbed up to Sasaone (one = ridge in Japanese) and went up to Mt. Makiyose (1,188 m = 3,898 ft). The first shot here shows a nice cherry tree (this is high elevation) just before the end of the pavement and the start of the mountain trail. The 2nd and 3rd shots show spring green. The 2nd shot is a Beech (Fagus sp.) tree. The 3rd shot was taken 20 minutes after the 2nd shot - and obviously at a higher elevation, as can be noted from how tiny the leaves are at this spot along the trail.
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  The first shot in this row was taken exactly 30 minutes after the previous shot, and again higher in elevation. These are Japanese Larch Trees. The center shot shows Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana (center) & Viola grypoceras (left) and the 3rd shot shows Kazuya on Sasa Ridge shooting some violets.
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  Here are 3 more shots of Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana - the 3rd one being weirdly pinkish in color. Kazuya thinks that this MAY be the known hybrid of Viola eizanensis and Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana.
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  Here is more spring green, but it's not very green yet up at this elevation. In center position is a nice shot of Viola rossi. In 3rd position is another shot of Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana.
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  Here is a final example of Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana and then we're headed down towards Uenohara. Looks like a nice peaceful little village down there, eh! The person in the 3rd shot is me.
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  WOW! Here is a Gentiana zollingeri - the first we've seen this year! The 2nd shot was taken just a short distance above the village, which we never did discover the name of, by the way. It was about one hour on the bus from here to Uenohara.
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  Cute "Beware of Bears" sign, eh? In the final shot from this day we are looking back up towards Mt. Makiyose and that cleared area near the right side of the photo on the topmost ridge is where the clearing is from which the 2nd and 3rd photos in Row 10 were taken from.
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End April 27th, Begin April 29th
  Tuesday the 29th was a National Holiday here in Japan - Showa day - and we both had the day off, so we again got up early, got ready and went to Yamanashi Prefecture and climbed Mt. Ougi and Mt. Momokura. The first shot in this row shows Kazuya at the starting point, which we had to take a taxi to. The 2nd shot shows a piece of a map which was at this point. We have marked our route with Blue Arrows and labeled Mt Ougi and Mt. Momokura in English. You'll note that Mt. Ougi is 1,137.8 m (3,733 ft) and Mt. Momokura is 1,003.4 m (3,292 ft). We also passed over the top of Mt. Okubo (1,109 m = 3,638 ft) and some other smaller peaks. Oh, the Blue Arrows make it appear that we did not actually go to the summit of Mt. Momokura, but rest assured that we did! The 3rd shot shows Chloranthus japonicus.
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  In this row is a beautiful shot of Viola rossi and 2 shots of a pretty Disporum smilacinum.
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  In places along the trail there was still a good amount of snow, as you can see in shots 1 and 3. The center shot shows a pretty beetle - although I don't know what kind it is.
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  The first shot in this row shows a nice Viola grypoceras f. purpurellocalcarata - this was the first time we'd seen this violet this season. The 2nd shot is a 3 shot Photomatix-Pro High Dynamic Range image created from 3 exposure-bracketed photos, using the Tone Compressor Option. It shows a mutant Viola rossi flower - it is a mutant due to the fact that it has 2 extra petals. The 3rd shot is an amazingly pink Viola eizanensis.
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  Here are 3 more shots of that amazingly pink Viola eizanensis. We'd never seen one so very pink as this.
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  Then we came to a spot where there was an abundance of the hybrid of Viola rossi x Viola bisseti, a rare find. All 3 shots in this row shot that species.
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  Here is one more shot of the rare Viola rossi x Viola bisseti and then 2 shots which show each of us at the summit of Mt. Ougi (1,137.8 m 3,733 ft).
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  In this row is another shot of Viola rossi x Viola bisseti, a shot of a patch of the plants of Viola rossi x Viola bisseti and then a simple Viola rossi for a quick and easy comparison. Note that the Viola rossi has a great deal of hairs in the flower center whereas Viola rossi x Viola bisseti has either none or else only a couple of hairs.
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  Here is another shot of the flower of Viola rossi x Viola bisseti and then another shot of a patch of the plants.
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  We found some "wildlife" on this adventure - we saw a squirrel and also this Apodemus argenteus - the Small Japanese Field Mouse. The final shot is a shot which was taken as we neared Saruhashi Train Station. We took no photos at the summit of Mt. Momokura, the weather had deteriorated and it was raining lightly by that point and we ate our lunch at that summit and then hurried down this amazingly steep trail.
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