Back To Japan – Hokkaido

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Way back in April I abruptly ceased posting about my Japanese photo trip because I was in the midst of another trip which I wished to post right then and there. Well I’m all caught up on that and back home again. So I’ll leave the first trip to Tokyo through blizzards to Kyoto and return as finished and start anew with the second trip which went to the island of Hokkaido.

First light from the bridge at the hotel in Kushirogawa, Hokkaido

First light from the bridge at the hotel in Kushirogawa, Hokkaido

Along the river below the bridge, Kushirogawa.

Along the river below the bridge, Kushirogawa.

Red Capped Toadstool.

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Our wet June has all sorts of surprises popping out of the earth. This Toadstool is much thicker through the cap than many I get on the property and I’ve seen other toadstools this month that in a normal year I would never see at all. Weird weather!

Pushing up through the detris on the forest floor all in isolation was this red capped toadstool.

Pushing up through the detris on the forest floor all in isolation was this red capped toadstool.

Never Before Seen At My Place!

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I’ve been home from Fiji a month now and during that time discovered not one but two different native terrestrial orchids growing on my property. I’ve seen orchids here before but never these two in all of 14 years. Strange how things happen but then again our seasons are changing and where we once had very dry winters this June has been wet, wet, wet!

This is a Greenhood orchid, possibly a Sharp Greenhood. It grows on a stem approx. 8-10cm tall and is itself only about 3cm. The one below was even smaller!

This is a Greenhood orchid, possibly a Sharp Greenhood. It grows on a stem approx. 8-10cm tall and is itself only about 2cm. The one below was even smaller!

I haven't been able to find what kind of orchid this is or even if it is an orchid. If anyone knows I'd love you to tell me. The stem is about 8-10cm tall but the flowers are tiny, less than 1cm and approx. 5-7 per stem. The only reason I noticed them is because the slightly curved helmet ontop was catching the early morning light.

I haven’t been able to find what kind of orchid this is or even if it is an orchid. If anyone knows I’d love you to tell me. The stem is about 8-10cm tall but the flowers are tiny, less than 1cm and approx. 5-7 per stem. The only reason I noticed them is because the slightly curved helmet ontop was catching the early morning light.