Aisatsu

Aisatsu

This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Monday, 4 July 2016

The first of July

This rainy season brings us a lot of rain. Of course, that's what it is supposed to do. Still... it seems more than usual. Come to think of it, every year something is odd, uncommon. What is normal?
Today there is no sun in the sky; we have to make do with these:  Sunflower, ひまわり







A young male Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ singing its heart out in Kanayama















Japanese pit viper. Very poisonous but also very dead... :-(





Friday, 1 July 2016

In the evening

On sunny days the afternoons get so hot. But evenings are comfortable. 


  Nori on his watch






June compilation 1 Ajisai アジサイ

When the migrating birds have left Fukuoka there is that sudden gap of emptiness. It feels like your best friends are gone and you wish you could follow them, all the way to their breeding grounds in Siberia. But then comes June and the Hydrangea starts to bloom. Colorful insects appear, frog babies jump out and suddenly you are busy again...


















June compilation 2

The first dragonflies and butterflies of the season:









Went out to look up an unusual visitor, but didn't get to see the bird... :-(
Might have been intimidated by this young fellow, the Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ





There were plenty juveniles around, like these Eurasian Tree Sparrow, スズメ








When the tsuyu rains come you're bound to see snakes...


  

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Between the raindrops

we managed to get out there, feel the mountain breeze and inhale that pure air.
Thanks to our early start we caught the sunrise at its best!









While Jaap conquered 3 tops in one morning I hung around the lower fields to do my thing


Chestnut-eared Bunting, ホオアカ



Common Pheasant, キジ



Eurasian Jay, カケス





2 Willow Tits, コガラvery high up in the trees







Same bird from an earlier visit, when there was less green blocking my view.




I seem to get better in spotting moths. Now their names.... 



Below the crown of Mt Kuju: Miyama Kirishima, captured by Jaap