The barley fields here in Ritto have turned from green to golden brown. It seems a little early this year, but we have had mid-summer temperatures of over 30 degrees. It is only the end of May, but outdoors and indoors it feels like the end of July.
Swallows have returned to our car port. They have been flying in and out for several days, and this evening two came to roost in a nest was made last June. Last year in July I made some videos of five baby swallows from July 7th, 13th, 19th, 20th, and 21st, when they flew from […]
Today, April 1, 2014, is the first day of my retirement from full-time work. It is a beautiful day here in Ritto City, so I took my camera on a short walk along the fields near my house. Cherry blossoms are beginning to emerge along the irrigation canal that runs through Hayashi. It’s a great […]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36fpYOkCloY Egrets just after dawn, several hundred meters upstream from Yasugawa Ohashi on Japan Route 8. Ritto and Moriyama (downstream beyond the shinkansen tracks) are to the left of the bridge and Yasu City is to the right. In the video the Shinkansen (high-speed train) passes from left to right on its way to Tokyo. […]
On Sunday, the 4th of August, we had a little rain and some thunder late in the afternoon. At Takano Playground, a short walk from my house, cicadas were singing quietly. A pigeon and a crow also called out, and there was some car traffic nearby. (This audio also appears on radio aporee maps.) It […]