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This page begins with August 14th - phase 2 of our vacation, which was a trip to the eastern end of Oze National Park and Ozenuma (Oze Pond), a portion we had never visited before. Our plan was to stay in our tent for 2 nights and also to climb Mt. Hiuchigatake (2,356 m = 7,730 ft) - the highest mountain in the Tohoku Region of Japan. We christened this phase of our vacation "the part with many changes". The changes will be mentioned in the Row Text. Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin August 14th
  Oh look, it's raining! We took a night bus from Tokyo to this place - Ooshimizu - and arrived here at about 5:00 AM on August 14th. It started raining lightly within one minute of our getting off the bus and soon it was raining hard. It continued to rain pretty hard and we decided to take the first local bus, at 9:15 AM, to Numata Train Station and come back home. It stopped raining at around 8:00 AM though, and we changed our mind about heading for home, and decided to stick it out. We started hiking for Ozenuma (Oze Pond). The 1st photo shows me in the rain at Ooshimizu. The 2nd photo is where we started hiking from and the 3rd photo is a nice creek we hiked beside for a while.
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  The first 2 photos here show a very tiny Myrmechis japonica Orchid. The 3rd shot is me at Sanpei Pass - the highest elevation along the trail (1,762 m = 5,781 ft). We arrived here at 10:24 AM.
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  The first shot in this row shows Kazuya at a rest spot very close to Ozenuma (Oze Pond). The 2nd and 3rd photos are Lobelia sessilifolia, a flower we've never seen before today.
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  And, there's Ozenuma (Oze Pond) - a congregation of birds sitting on some debris quite a ways from shore. At least some of them are Cormorants. The 2nd and 3rd shots are another new flower for us - Inula ciliaris var. glandulosa.
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  When we arrived at the place where we had to rent a campsite, at about 11:00 AM, we found a sign saying that it would not open until 1:00 PM, please come back then. So, we spent a couple of hours eating the lunch which we had brought with us, drinking a can of beer from the local rip-off "cafe" and then walking around taking pictures. So, the first shot in this row shows Ozenuma and Mt. Hiuchigatake - with its head in the clouds. The 2nd shot is another shot of Inula ciliaris var. glandulosa and the 3rd shot is one more of Lobelia sessilifolia.
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  Now we have rented our tent site and set up our tent - nice, they have wood platforms for the tents. There are only 28 platforms and we managed to get #2 spot. We had checked the place out in advance and spot #2 had lots of rocks sitting around to tie the tent to, and seeing as stakes would not be able to be used, rocks were important. Now we are hiking as much as we want to around the pond, and slowly, the weather is clearing up. The first shot is Lilium leichtlinii, the 2nd shot is Inula ciliaris var. glandulosa and the 3rd shot is Lobelia sessilifolia.
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  In first position is Ozenuma - Oze Pond - with some sun shining through the clouds. The 2nd shot is a beautiful Lilium leichtlinii and the 3rd shot is a distant Waremokou (Sanguisorba officinalis) & a Fly which I zoomed in on.
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  Here is a fantastic shot of Lilium leichtlinii and then a zoomed head of some kind of grass. In 3rd position is Mt. Hiuchigatake - it still has its head in the clouds.
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  Oh my heavens, look at how abundant the Lobelia sessilifolia is here. The 2nd shot is a birch forest which is nicely lighted and the 3rd shot is Mt. Hiuchigatake - with its head slowly becoming clear of clouds.
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  Along this trail the signature is these 3 Larch (Larix sp.) trees, so of course we took some shots of them too. The 2nd shot is a Ligularia dentata and the 3rd shot shows the 3 Larch trees over the top of the Ligularia dentata.
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  There is one small area here which, at the right season, is famous for its Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium). It is now the correct season!
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  And here are 3 more shots which show this Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) area.
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  Kazuya caught this Lilium leichtlinii and Butterfly just perfectly. The 2nd shot shows an area of Lobelia sessilifolia - through the trees. The 3rd shot is the same area of Lobelia sessilifolia, but zoomed in to see just the flowers.
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  Amazing! The clouds have finally all departed from around Mt. Hiuchigatake (2,356 m = 7,730 ft). The tent site office shows that tomorrow's weather is supposed to be heavy rain and our cell phone weather apps show that this area even has HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS for tomorrow - OOPS! We have just decided to forego a climb of Mt. Hiuchigatake. The 2nd shot shows a spruce forest and if you study the photo closely you can see that there are many spruce cones. The 3rd image is 2 shots which have been Tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro - Details Enhancer Option software to bring out the colors and reduce the shadows.
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  The 1st image is 3 shots which have been Tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro - Details Enhancer Option software to bring out the colors and reduce the shadows. The 2nd image is 2 shots, which have been given the same treatment. Third shot - now we are sitting on the shore of the pond and cooking/eating our supper and waiting for sunset. We are deciding what to do tomorrow and thinking that maybe we'll attempt to hike around this side of the pond before we leave. Today we hiked around the other side - the side which you can see from this photo.
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  There is Mt. Hiuchigatake (2,356 m = 7,730 ft) in its full glory. The 2nd shot is zoomed in. The 3rd shot shows the 3 Larch Trees from this side and you can see people on the trail where we were when we took the photos up in Row #10.
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  In this row are 3 shots of a family of some kind of Herons. The first photo shows the offspring waiting with one of the parents while the other parent (center shot) searches for food some distance away. The 3rd shot is another of the offspring and one parent. Is the parent pointing with its wing, or just cooling off?
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  Here is another shot which shows the 3 Larch Trees from this side. The 2nd photo shows Mt. Hiuchigatake and Ozenuma (Pond) and the 3rd shot shows just before sunset. You can see sun rays coming through the trees on the left. There were several people gathered around this area now, trying to get the best shots of the setting sun, but it was pretty plain today - it just went down without any beautiful clouds or anything.
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  Here is a 2 shot panorama of the marsh and the 3 Larch Trees area and then a sunset shot showing Mt. Hiuchigatake and the sun.
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End August 14th, Begin August 15th
  Now it's August 15th and we have changed the plan again - it's totally cloudy/foggy so we are not even going to try and hike around this side of the pond, we're just going to head out and take the first bus at 9:15 AM. The first shot shows me hoofing it along the boardwalk. The 2nd shot is the delicious Soba Noodle lunch we had near Numata Station before catching the train headed for home.
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End August 15th, Begin August 24th
  On August 24th Kazuya had to work, but I wanted to go out for a "keep in condition" hike, so I climbed Mt. Takao (599 m = 1,965 ft) and Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro (670 m = 2,199 ft). The first shot here shows the view from the summit of Mt. Takao, tne 2nd shot shows a Red Pine (Pinus densiflora) panorama at I-Ccho-Daira and the 3rd shot shows the view from I-Ccho-Daira.
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  The 2 shots in this row show the view from Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro looking towards Tokyo - the first photo is not zoomed at all and the 2nd shot is zoomed a bit. For this time of the year, it's actually quite clear.
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End August 24th, Begin August 27th
  Over my years of hiking and mountain climbing in Japan I can't even remember how many pairs of expensive hiking boots I have worn out. The current pair I am using was just purchased in 2009 for some ridiculous price and they have not been worn that many times, but they are literally falling apart. It's so disappointing and frustrating to spend that much money on boots only to have them fall apart so quickly. So, this time I bought about the most expensive boots I could find. My background is in Forestry and woods work, so I first heard of White's Boots about 45 years ago or so and never heard anything but good things about them. They are custom made - you have to wear your boot socks and then trace around your foot on the order blank. In addition you also have to supply several other measurements at various places on your foot. I got the 8" height "Original Smoke Jumper" model. I mailed the order for them on July 12th, received confirmation of payment on July 25th and received my boots by Priority mail on August 23rd. The wait was not bad at all for custom made boots, especially when they told me (via e-mail) that it would take about 2 months from the time they received my payment. The instructions say that it will take from 80 - 100 hours of wear for breaking them in and that until you are sure that you are happy with the fit that you should only wear them inside because scuffed or soiled boots cannot be returned. At this point I have worn them for about 5 hours - I have a long way to go to get them broke in. I hope that this pair of boots will last me for the remainder of my life! By the way, these are the 8 inch height boots.
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End August 27th, End Page 4, End August 2012's Photos
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