Usually I ride a mountain bike, but sometimes I enjoy exploring Shiga Prefecture on my old Trek 520 touring bike. Recently I have become a fair weather road cyclist. Health issues limit my speed and endurance, and I see no point in riding unless I can enjoy a nice, calm day. Standing in front of […]
In April the rural fields of northern Ritto City near Yasugawa (野洲川) come alive with agricultural activity, and many flowers and insects appear. This year, 2020, the threat of the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) has greatly reduced human activity. Japan is in a nationwide state of emergency from April 16th through May 6th, but rural life goes on and nature is taking its course as usual.
In early April many flowers begin to bloom. Some flowers attract insects and other small creatures that become active as the days become warmer.
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.
Two sunny days in the first week or March brought out some local birds and winter visitors.