Typhoon 11 of 2014 passed through western Japan on August 11. By midnight the southern sky was clear enough to see the super moon, although fast-moving clouds from the southwest often obscured the view.

Super Moon at 00:03 on August 11, 2014
Super Moon at 00:03 on August 11, 2014

The morning of August 11th was clear in the east, so I took a 36 km bike ride down along Yasugawa to Biwako and along to lake to just north of the Hino River, where I saw some windsurfers far out on the lake between Omihachiman and Oki Island. A strong wind continued to blow from the southwest. The ride home against the wind was exhausting, and heavy clouds came up from the southwest. I didn’t even think of taking more photos on the way home.

On the way to Biwako I saw two turtles. The first one was a Japanese pond turtle with a diameter about the size of my head. These turtles are very common here along rivers and lakes. The second one, about the size of my hand, was a more colorful species I hadn’t seen before. After searching The Reptile Database and studying photos on the Web, I think that turtle a red-eared slider (trachemys scripta elegans), a non-native species. (If you can confirm or correct the identification, please let me know!) Both turtles had just crossed the embankment road and were moving away from Yasugawa, down toward the canal at the base of the embankment.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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