I’ll spare you the excuses, mostly because I have none.
We are into late March, meaning the end of the academic and financial years, unstable weather – one day’s minimum might be higher than the next day’s maximum, rain one day and dust storms the next – and cherry blossoms and the hype surrounding them.
Feeling somewhat low over the spring equinox long weekend – right after my 45th birthday, no less – I decided to take the plunge and go out in search of something to blog about.
This will be a mostly visual post. I cycled to Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park (it feels so strange to call it that – everyone I know uses “Kokukoen”) in the hope of seeing something worth photographing. And something I could photograph with my not-so-great smartphone camera.
A Trachycarpus palm, one of the evergreens found in this area. I should get around to writing about them some day.
Small bracket fungus growing on a tree stump.
Mississippi red-eared sliders vie for the best basking spot on what was the warmest day so far this year.
A yulan magnolia in full bloom. Avid followers might recognise this.
They smell better than those cherry blossoms too.
A mighty Japanese zelkova stands still bare of leaves. This is one of the most ubiquitous trees in suburban Japan.
A pair of brown-eared bulbuls and a pair of white-cheeked starlings acting a little wary of the bloke with the camera.
A brown-eared bulbul plays by the water.
A gorgeous pink camellia. The brown-eared bulbuls sometimes feed on the nectar.
On the way to the park, along the banks of the Azuma river. White, pink and red camellias under a cherry tree and palm.
Rape blossom, cherry and camellias under a street lantern. Comma placement is VERY important!
Sometimes a walk in the park is just what one needs.