A Walk in the Park

Hi blog.

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.

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