Rice Harvest in September

http://youtu.be/9oBlh2oQX5k This is a rice combine harvester in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, on September 5, 2013. Mikamiyama (Mount Mikami) is in the background. It had been raining heavily the previous day, and we can see fallen rice plants lying in an adjacent field. Fortunately, other fields seem to be okay. Rice combines reap and […]

Yasugawa Wildlife – August 20-31, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_1BhQo77bo This video shows wildlife in and near Yasugawa between Mikamiyama and Bodaijisan in late August, 2013. We can see crows, egrets, herons, geese (high overhead), cormorants, and a nutria. It was extremely hot during most of this period. I had never seen so many crows and cormorants together. Also, I had no idea that […]

Shinkansen at Yasugawa

http://youtu.be/dFelSTYdqtQ Several Shinkansen trains at Yasugawa seen from the Moriyama side of the river. Trains going from right to left are bound for Tokyo. Trains coming from the left will soon stop at Kyoto. Shinkansen passengers have a beautiful view of Mikamiyama and other scenery as they pass through Shiga Prefecture in comfort. Audio for the […]

Canal Fish

http://youtu.be/VNwnr2hcC6w Little fish, about 10-15cm long, are swimming in an irrigation and flood control canal at the southeast corner of the Hayashi Kita intersection in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. This location is about 120 meters from my house. The canal is covered from the camera position and runs under the sidewalk along the north […]

Egrets and Crows at Sunset

http://youtu.be/GlVerIluIkQ Egrets and crows at sunset in Yasugawa. The video was shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and an old Zuiko OM System 300mm lens. Audio levels have been reduced. Sounds include a lot of traffic noise from Yasugawa Ohashi on Japan Route 8 and some puffs of wind. Egrets can be seen along […]