March 6-20 is Keichitsu (啓蟄) – Insects awaken – in the traditional 24-season Japanese calendar. March 11-15, the middle of its three micro-seasons, is Momo hajimete saku (桃始笑), when peach blossoms begin to bloom. I photographed some flowers on three of the five days of Momo hajimete saku.
On March 12th my wife and I visited the Kusatsu City Aquatic Botanical Gardens (草津市立水生植物公園みずの森). Almond blossoms (Prunus dulcis, アーモンド) on one small tree were beginning to bloom.
On March 13th I rode my mountain bike to Yasu City, up Oyamakawa (大山川) and Koyamagawa (小山川) to the Botanical Gardens in Omifuji Green Park (近江富士花緑公園).
On March 15th I photographed only a bunch of late-blooming daffodils at Takano Shrine (滋賀県 栗東市 高野神社).
During Momo hajimete saku (桃始笑) the weather was not great, but I was able to get outdoors and see some flowers. I did not photograph the few peach blossoms that I saw from a distance, but other flowers were accessible and photogenic. Now I’m looking forward to spring as rural Shiga Prefecture becomes green and alive with flora and fauna.