Hello there! As we draw nearer to the autumn equinox (and a day off work for it, woo!) the golden hour of photography is slowly changing time. As I made my 30-minute bike ride home yesterday, I was struck by how absolutely beautiful a route I get to traverse three times a week. Yesterday was particularly gorgeous: to the north, the mountains were laid bare by the wind, and above them loomed great dark clouds, threatening the downpour we received today; but to the south the sun shone brightly, casting the fields of ripening rice in gold.
As soon as I got home, I grabbed my camera and biked around the neighbourhood! Across the street, our neighbour is growing taro in his garden, and behind Paul’s school are several beautiful rice fields.
The rice is beautiful – so green!
Japan has a lot of beautiful insects. Paul in particular loves the orb weaver spiders. This time of year they’re everywhere – our stairwell is full of spiders, and Paul likes to check each one on his way down.
And the rice fields are full of lovely little frogs! (Sad story here – a few weeks ago I had to bike home through a massive downpour. Looking at the ground, I though, “That’s an awful lot of gravel out here in the rice fields!” And then I realised that all of the baby frogs had climbed up out of the fields and were sitting EVERYWHERE across the road.)
There are so many fruit trees in Japan! I found what I was informed is a mikan (orange) tree (there are so many citrus fruit trees in Tatebayashi!), kiwis, and goya. In the States we know it as bitter melon – and it’s aptly named! It’s so bitter, I have no idea how to cook it into palatability.
Back before I had a job, I used to go on daily walks for hours at a time. It was nice to wander the neighbourhood again! My last image for this post, the local cactus plant:
And there ya go! A small look at my neighbourhood. またね！