Pancreatic cancer (膵臓がん)

In spring 2019 I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (膵臓がん). In July and August I spent 24 days in Saiseikai Shigaken Hospital - 済生会滋賀県病院 (Wikipedia: 済生会滋賀県病院 for major surgery, a nine-hour pancreaticoduodenectomy - Whipple procedure (膵頭十二指腸切除術) to remove my duodenum and gall bladder, 50% of my pancreas, and 20% of my stomach.

Long-tailed tit (エナガ) with cocoon

On February 24, 2018, a long-tailed tit (エナガ) struggled to remove insect cocoon material from the left side of its head, neck, and wing. A sequence of photographs shows how the bird rubbed itself against a branch to escape from the material.

Birds & Plum Blossoms in Risshun (立春)

The two-week period of February 4-18 marks the beginning of spring, Risshun (立春) in the traditional Japanese calendar of 24 seasons. In southern Shiga Prefecture winter birds are still here, often hiding in bushes and trees as raptors patrol the skies. Sparrows are active in fields, and great cormorants return to local colonies. Pink and [...]