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This page continues April 9th at 9:34 AM from Page 2, finishes April 9th and that's all there is for April 2016.   Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Note Well: This month's photos mark the final ones from my 15 years in Japan. Kazuya and I are moving to my home in Fairbanks, Alaska later on this month (May 2016). It will most likely take us a couple of months to get settled and start going on some adventures in Alaska, but rest assured that we hope and plan to continue to maintain and update this website as soon as possible. Thank you for your support through the years.

April 9th Continues From Page 2 (at 9:34 AM)
  It's still pretty early in the morning as we continue on this page with April 9th. The first two photos in this row show nice examples of Viola bisseti and the third one shows Cymbidium goeringii, in Japanese, the Spring Orchid.
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  Here are three more shots of the Cymbidium goeringii orchid. The plant in the center shot has quite an amazing number of blooms, usually plants in the wild only have one or two flowers.
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  Here are the final two shots of the Cymbidium goeringii orchid.
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  Here is a single beautiful flower on a Gentiana zollingeri plant. The outlined area of the first photo shows the area which is shown in the second image.
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  Here are two shots of the Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana violet. We only see this species once every couple of years and this was a remarkable patch of them, so there are several photos taken from various angles.
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  Here are three more photos of the Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana violet. Isn't this an amazing patch of them?
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  And three more shots of Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana.
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  In first position is the Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana violet and also some Viola grypoceras. In center position is the final shot of Viola chaerophylloides f. sieboldiana. In third position is a fine example of Viola obtusa.
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  Here are three more shots of Viola obtusa. We generally see a few of this species every year, but never a great number of them.
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  Here are two more shots of Viola obtusa and then a shot of Anemone flaccida. We are now getting pretty low on the mountain and following more or less along the side of a stream.
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  Here are three more shots of Anemone flaccida. The center shot gives you an idea of its abundance.
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  Here are the final three shots of Anemone flaccida.
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  In first position in this row is a shot of Viola yezoensis f. discolor - the Takao Violet. The second and third shots show Viola keiskei.
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  Here is another Takao Violet - Viola yezoensis f. discolor, a shot showing the delicate greens of spring and then another Viola keiskei.
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  When we arrived at the road and started hiking down it we found the Anemone nikoensis shown here. It seemed to us that it had been planted, but regardless, it's nice.
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End April 9th, End April 2016's Photos, Begin Miscellaneous Links
  Here are links to separate web pages - all of them will open in a new window (or new tab). The first link shows some photos of our DVD Collection, an AVI Movie of our Home Theater System and 9 photos of our Sharp Aquos TV. The 2nd link shows our entire DVD collection in DVD Profiler (if you're asking yourself what might be good to rent for the weekend). The DVD's will be sorted by date purchased. You can click on the "Title" Column to sort that way if you desire. The 3rd link shows our entire DVD collection in php DVD Profiler, which is much more sophisticated than the plain vanilla DVD Profiler just above it. The 4th link takes you to a set of pages which show you the FRONT cover-art of our entire DVD collection.

January 1, 2013 - DVD Collection & Home Theater System





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Outdoor Photography of Japan: Through the Seasons - Volume 3 of 3 (Autumn) Some Violets of Eastern Japan - 2nd Edition English - Ilokano AND Ilokano - English Dictionary English - Ilokano and Ilokano - English Dictionary - With Some Notes on Ilokano Culture
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