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This page begins and ends with September 29th and a trip out to Kinchakuda for the Annual Cluster Amaryllis (Lycoris radiata) Festival. After we finished there we hiked the trail to Miyazawa Lake and enjoyed some time at the hot spring close to the lake - the Miyazawa Lake Onsen Kirari Bettei. Following that, we headed for home. By the way, a couple of people have asked me to please select JUST the best of the photos for posting here. Let me please respond to those people by saying that we TOOK over 500 photos on this date and KEPT exactly 400 photos from this date, so these 35 photos ARE the best.
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Begin September 29th
  We have gone to Kinchakuda for the Cluster Amaryllis Festival nearly every year for the past several years. We went in September 2011, September 2010, September 2008, and September 2007. This was the very latest we have ever visited. To our surprise the flowers were still in great condition, and there were even an abundance of buds yet to open. If you'd like to find our visits in previous years you can use the search box just below or else go to the All Photos List (link at Bottom of Page) and do a text search on that page. In this row we have not even arrived at the Festival Site yet - we are walking from Koma Station to the Festival Site, which is in the Oxbow of a river. The person in the center shot is Daniel.

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  In these 3 photos we are still walking to the Festival Site. The 1st shot shows you a Lycoris radiata and a Praying Mantis. The 2nd shot shows Kazuya and the 3rd shot shows a small group of flowers and the river in the background.
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  My camera (Canon PowerShot SX40 HS) has an option which allows me to select a color which I want shown and then every other color will be shown as black & white. You'll see that I played around with that several times while we were on this journey. I selected one shade of red and that's the only color you see in this shot. In the 2nd and 3rd shots you can see all of the flowers which there are in the Festival Site and also the number of people. The Festival Site is very large, so there are some areas which are not so crowded - wait and see.
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  In first position is another example of having only one shade of red show as a color and everything else show as black & white. In 2nd position is a pair of spiders in their web - nice coloration. In 3rd position is an example of a white-flowered Lycoris radiata or Cluster Amaryllis or - in Japanese - Higan-bana.
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  In center position is an additional example of a white-flowered Lycoris radiata. That is flanked by 2 nice shots.
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  In first position is a nice close-up shot of a single flower. In 2nd position is another example of showing only one shade of red and changing every other color to a shade of gray. The 3rd shot shows a nice overview and also gives you a good idea of the crowd of people here today.
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  On the right side in the first and second shots you can get an idea that the river is there. The 3rd shot is another overview shot.
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  These 2 photos, one with nothing special done to it and the 2nd one shot so as to show only 1 shade of red, overlay each other pretty perfectly. The people on the left have moved, but the trees remain in the same position, as do the flowers.
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  If you look closely you can find the river behind the first shot. The 2nd shot shows Kazuya and a guy with a BIG camera - I wonder if he got any shots significantly better that we did?! The 3rd shot shows sparkling river water off in the distance behind the shot of the Lycoris radiata (Cluster Amaryllis).
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  Here are 2 more shots of Lycoris radiata with the river sparkling behind them.
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  Here is a shot with the river behind, but it is not sparkling. In 2nd position is a nice shot of a single flower.
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  After we finished up at Kinchakuda and the Higan-bana Festival we hiked over a 2 kilometer trail, up and down through the woods of a pretty wild golf course, to go to Miyazawa Lake and the Miyazawa Lake Onsen (Hot Spring) Kirari Bettei. We passed by this strange plant which had a sign on it and was a very strange Indigo Color. The Japanese name includes the word for Indigo, but the Latin name is Selaginella uncinata and the English Common Name is merely Peacock Spikemoss. The 3rd shot was taken so as to show only the color of the Spikemoss. I hope that your monitor permits a good rendition of this color.
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  Here is a part of the trail which passes through a pretty active area of the Golf Course. This "bird cage" (reminded us of the Jurassic Park Movie) is to protect hikers from flying golf balls. The 2nd shot is a detail view of the "bird cage" construction.
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End September 29th, End Page 3, End September 2012's Photos
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