Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




Large flocks of starlings


On the last weekend evening, when I waited for a traffic light at an intersection a little away from the center of Fukui City, there were unusually many starlings all around. Because such a lot of birds had been gathering, the cry was quite loud. And it also requires too much effort to clean up bird droppings.


Large flocks of starlings were in the city center before, but I haven't seen them recently. It seems that the measures that Fukui City has been doing since five years ago are effective. So my guess is that they moved a little away from.


Anyway, it is interesting to hear that a traditional falconer was the most effective measure they have tried. Also, I think it is nice that the report did not treat birds just as villains but said about the good aspects of birds. They eat harmful insects of fields and street trees.






Autumn mountain

I was fascinated by the view of the mountains that were overlapped like waves.


I went to Mt. Hakuba-dake in Nagano Prefecture last weekend. I was planning to go to the Mt. Hakuba-dake from Tsugaike Kogen highlands via Hakuba-Oike pond, but I stayed in a tent overnight by the Hakuba-Oike pond at an altitude of 2,379 meters and turned back without going further. Because the weather was not so good. The summit of the Mt. Hakuba-dake was almost in the clouds. During the round trips to the Hakuba-Oike pond, it occasionally rained lightly and had fog, but thanks to that, I saw several grouses and enjoyed the scenery with a slightly different color from when it was sunny.


The red and yellow leaves are vivid.
A cone of Oshirabiso (abies mariesii) on the top of a tree looks like a round shaped little bird.


Autumn leaves at my feet


The Hakuba-Oike pond and a lodge with a campsite


A grouse that suddenly came out on the mountain trail


Nogeito (Silver cock's comb)


Unique shaped flowers like candle flame were in bloom beside a rice field in Fukui. I didn't know about this flower at all but I managed to find that it was a plant called "Nogeito (Silver cock's comb)." According to Wikipedia, "There are many cases in which Nogeito with pink flowers, the original species, have spread in warm areas in the Kanto region and the west in Japan." Certainly, Fukui is included in the area.


Every time I check out names of flowers that I saw in wild fields like this, I feel how little I know about things in the world. And yet it's strange that I feel like I have known about the plant by learning its name. At any rate, I think that the flower is pretty cute because it also looks like cat's bushy tail.


Here is a photo of the whole flowers. The small white flowers in the background are buckwheat ones.

A main figure changes in quite a short time

Ladies' tresses


A little while ago I wrote, "Buta-na (Cat's ear) flowers are blooming all over." But when I went to that place again yesterday, I found the yellow flowers disappeared and the site had been replaced by the pink flowers called Nejibana (Ladies' tresses).


Flowers of the Nejibana are small and modest, but they have a unique spiral shape. When I look at the flowers, I feel that summer has come.


In the background, sunflowers that are main character of summer, when the Buta-na was in bloom were small nursery plants, grew up higher than a man and the large flowers bloomed.



The sunflowers here in "Star Land Sakadani" will be in full bloom soon.


tree frog
The rainy season is not over yet and there were tree frogs here and there.


In fact, the yellow flowers "Buta-na (Cat's ear)" are useful.

Cat's ear


I think it is beautiful to see the little yellow flowers are blooming all over. The name of the flower that is similar to dandelion is "Buta-na (grass that pigs eat)".


It is so-called a weed, but it is eaten as a herb in Europe where it originated. The leaves and stems are edible, and you can also make herbal tea like "Dandelion coffee" using its roots. So it seems like a very useful plant. It's a pity that it is treated as a weed.


By the way, its French name is "Salade de porc (salad that pigs eat)" and it is the origin of the Japanese name "Buta-na".


The picture below is taken immediately after mowing in this place. The picture above is just two weeks later in the same place. I mentioned "It's a pity that it is treated as a weed" , but the "weed" grows too fast and strongly.


Starland Sakadani
This is the place where I practice drone. The mountain in the background is Mt. Arashimadake, one of "One Hundred Mountains of Japan".