Thursday, April 28, 2011
We came to Japan this week for Ken's niece's wedding, but as a side trip, we took a few days and traveled to Nagano and spent two nights at a wonderful ryokon (hot spring hotel). One morning Yumiko and I traveled by van to Shigakogen and then walked on a high ridge to a place where the Snow Monkeys (Japanese Macaque) live with their own hot spring. Here are a few photographs of these beautiful animals. Click photos to enlarge.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
It was a beautiful day today and so I decided to go in search of a few spring bugs. I was thrilled to find a little tick and a spider facing off on a grass stalk. They were in a stalemate. The spider was quite intimidated by the tick. He gingerly walked up to the tick but was too afraid to get by him. He walked back to his perch on the grass stalk. He kept approaching and backing away. Finally he stood up real tall on his eight legs, spun a little magic silk and slid off the grass stalk leaving the tick all alone to fend for himself.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
I took my camera to the pond at Eastern College today and as I was walking I came across this HUGE snapping turtle sleeping on the bank of the pond with a lot of old green leaves and twigs and moss on top of him. I bent down to take his picture and he slowly opened his big old eyes. I thought for a minute he might charge me and take my leg off, but he just stared at me with froth coming out of his mouth.