End of Summer

The last days of summer 2018 in Shiga Prefecture have been mostly cloudy, with quite a bit of rain and very little sunshine. Whenever it was not raining too hard, I went out with a camera most days September 11-19, 2018. September 11 – insects in a garden, Yasugawa, nearby fields Physostegia virginiana flowers (obedience, […]

Rain Lilies

In our garden several varieties of rain lilies (Zephyranthes, ゼフィランサス) bloom from early June through September. I enjoy looking at them each morning, but I had not fully appreciated their beauty until I watched them in the rain. https://gpjp.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/rainlilies-hdv23.mp4 In addition to the sound of rain hitting my umbrella, I used the most appropriate rain […]

Flowering Weeds in Early Spring

In March and April the Japanese countryside comes to life as weeds appear along fields and streams, anywhere with soil. Some of these plants are known for medicinal properties, and some are gathered as food. Most are ignored or cut down. This year I’m trying to learn the names of flowering weeds as they appear […]

Butterflies in September

September is a great month to watch butterflies and other insects on flowers in rural Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Between August 31 and September 21, 2017, I photographed ten species and saw several others while cycling in the countryside near my home. Contents Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) – キアゲハ Asian swallowtail (Papilio xuthus) – アゲハチョウ […]