Early Autumn Insects

We tend to associate insects with late Spring and Summer, but quite a few butterflies, dragonflies, and other insects can be seen here in Shiga Prefecture from late September until early November. Several species of butterflies and moths were very active in late September and early October. A few remained until late October. A few […]

Hatonomori Park in Summer

Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (守山市の鳩の森公園) is a wooded public park with a few concrete picnic tables, a play area for children, and a small stream on two sides. The park covers 1.86 hectares. On some weekday mornings local people, mostly seniors, gather to play ground golf. On hot summer days the sounds of ground […]

Butterflies in Late June

June and early July is Rainy Season in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Many days are gloomy, but now and then the sun appears. The countryside is very green, with rice plants growing in nearby fields and wild vegetation everywhere. Many kinds of insects and spiders appear. This June I often went outdoors with a macro lens […]

Lower Yasugawa Sounds

On 1 July 2014 I rode my bike about 7km down Yasugawa and recorded insects, birds, and a lot of low frequency noise from machinery and aircraft. Six minutes of my recording can be heard on SoundCloud. Listen with good headphones or speakers to hear the low frequencies. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/lower-yasugawa-on-1-july-2014 This location along the river is […]

May Evening in Moriyama

http://youtu.be/QQ3xIghIMzQ As it passes through Moriyama to Lake Biwa, Yasugawa nourishes fields or barley and rice, separated from the river by a high embankment. Although it’s only a short walk from the river to the fields, the embankment makes a border between two worlds: wild on one side and pastoral on the other. These scenes […]