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Page 1 of 4 - Photos from the 2010 Christmas Letter!
posted: December 24th, 2010
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This page shows ONLY photos which are included in the Annual Christmas Letter for 2010.   On this page are the photos from January, February, March, April and May - Christmas Letter pages 1 - 10 inclusive.
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What is the difference between these pages and the actual Christmas Letter?   These pages show only the photos from the Christmas Letter and VERY brief photo descriptions.   The Christmas Letter tells the actual stories behind the photos and more details about the where and why.

Begin "January Happenings" Photos from the Christmas Letter
  Page 1 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - Tazawako Station.
Second Photo - some of the scenery we encountered on our walk to Tsuru-No-Yu (Hot Spring).
Third Photo - me just a while after our arrival at the hot spring.
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  Page 2 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - the rotenboro (Outdoor Hot Spring) at Tsuru-No-Yu (Hot Spring).
Second Photo - the Hot Spring Buildings at night in the snow.
Third Photo - me walking from the rotenboro back towards our room, in the snow.
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  Page 2 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - a minor waterfall on the way to Hyakuhiro Waterfall (on the trail to Mt. Kawanori).
Second Photo - Plum Blossoms at Jindai Botanical Garden.
Third Photo - a Daurian Redstart (Jobitaki in Japanese) (Phoenicurus auroreus).
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End January, Begin "February Happenings" Photos from the Christmas Letter
  Page 3 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - Shibateranthis pinnatifida at Nogawa Park.
Second Photo - train to Aizu-Kawaguchi.
Third Photo - Daniel at Aizu-Kawaguchi.
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  Pages 3 and 4 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - Yugura Onsen (Hot Spring) Building.
Second Photo - looking out the window of Yugura Onsen.
Third Photo - heavy snow at Aizu-Yokota.
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  Page 4 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - the Awa-Shin-Sui Sparkling Water Well at Aizu-Yokota.
Second and 3rd Photos - taken from the train windows - Tadami Train Line.
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End February, Begin "March Happenings" Photos from the Christmas Letter
  Pages 4 and 5 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - beautiful Plum Blooms at Bubaigawara.
Second and 3rd Photos - beautiful snow shots at Tsugaike-Kogen - Hakuba.
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  Page 5 of Christmas Letter.
Three photos of beautiful mountain snow at Tsugaike-Kogen - Hakuba.
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  Page 6 of Christmas Letter.
Plum Trees & Flowers at Yoshino-Baigo - Hinatawada.
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  Page 6 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - Cherry Blossoms at Shinjuku Park.
Second Photo - a beautiful example of Viola grypoceras var. variegata. Note that it gets its name from the variegated leaves the red veins.
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End March, Begin "April Happenings" Photos from the Christmas Letter
  Pages 6 and 7 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - Cherry Blossoms by flash.
Second Photo - Cherry Trees where we ate our Hanami (Flower Viewing) bento lunch.
Third Photo - Cherry Blossoms at Nogawa Park.
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  Page 7 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - Nirasaki Cherry Tree.
Second Photo - Mountain Scenery at Nagasaka.
Third Photo - a Viola mirabilis var. subglabra.
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  Pages 7 and 8 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - some Mountain Cherry trees along Takamizu 3 Mountains Trail.
Second Photo - Viola rossii flowers.
Third Photo - a beautiful Viola grypoceras along Takamizu 3 Mountains Trail.
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  Page 8 of Christmas Letter.
Two Mt. Fuji Photos from Asagiri-Kogen to show contrasting weather.
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  Page 8 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - Viola orientalis.
Second Photo - Mt. Fuji, taken while overlooking Kawaguchi Lake.
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End April, Begin "May Happenings" Photos from the Christmas Letter
  Page 9 of Christmas Letter - Kawaguchi Lake Area.
First Photo - Trillium tschonoskii plants and flowers.
Second Photo - a mutant Viola eizanensis flower.
Third Photo - a beautiful Viola rossii flower.
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  Pages 9 and 10 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - an amazing grouping of Viola vaginata flowers.
Second Photo - Viola violacea var. makinoi on a hillside.
Third Photo - a fine example of Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton camtschatcense) one of the skunk cabbages which grows in Japan.
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  Page 10 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - Mt. Takao, I-Ccho-Daira - a Golden Orchid (Cephalanthera falcata).
Second Photo - Viola hirtipes, a very large flowered species of violet.
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  Page 10 of Christmas Letter.
First Photo - a Wild Japanese Peony (Paeonia japonica).
Second Photo - a shot of Venus and the Moon.
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End "May Happenings" Photos from the Christmas Letter, End Page 1
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