Flowering Weeds in Early Spring

In March and April the Japanese countryside comes to life as weeds appear along fields and streams, anywhere with soil. Some of these plants are known for medicinal properties, and some are gathered as food. Most are ignored or cut down. This year I’m trying to learn the names of flowering weeds as they appear […]

January birds

In January, 2017, I took hundreds of photographs of birds near my home in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Here are a few of them. More photos are on Flickr. Quality varies! Selected photos are on 500px. I’m looking forward exploring Shiga Prefecture and seeing more birds in February.

Yasugawa Riverside Park

Just before noon on January 7, 2017, I made a field recording in a large park along Yasugawa in Shiga Prefecture, Japan (野洲川立入河川公園). The recording was made with a small Sony PCM-M10 digital recorder mounted on a tripod near the lower end of the park. I chose this location in order to reduce traffic and […]

Great White Egrets

On 22 December 2014 I spent the afternoon at Yasugawa near my home. A chilly southwest wind and a clear sky made the winter light very nice. https://twitter.com/glpjp/status/546953314231808000 At first there was no activity besides a few crows and a kingfisher that flew along the river and disappeared in some bushes along the bank. For […]

Soybean Harvest

On November 24, 2014, I went cycling along Yasugawa in Moriyama. I took my camera and a new zoom lens I had just bought. I had hoped to find some wildlife along the river, but I saw onlya few Japanese black kites soaring high overhead. Just below the bridge, Hattori-Ohashi, I saw farmers harvesting soybeans. […]