March 12, 2007

Hikage, Takao Area (March 12th)

(photo 1)

(photo 2)

(Today's course) JR Takao Sta. - bus - Hikage bus stop - Hikage creek - Mt. Kobotoke Shiroyama -Kobotoke pass - Kobotoke bus stop - JR Takao Sta.

We went to check if any early spring flowers were blossoming by the Hikage creek, where we can usually see a big variety of spring flowers in this season. Hikage is the best spot to find Viola yezoensis f. discolor (Takao Sumire), but it seems it was too early still. However, we found quite a few Mitella pauciflora (Kocharumerusou) by the creek. It was pretty windy and clear day, so we could see Mt. Fuji from the top of Kobotoke Shiroyama.

The flowers found at...
Hikage creek:
Mitella pauciflora (Kocharumerusou, photo 1 & 2),
Chrysosplenium album var. stamineum (Hana Nekonome),
Chrysosplenium macrostemon var. atrandrum (Yogore Nekonome, photo 5),
Viola hondoensis (Aoi Sumire),
Omphalodes japonica (Yama Rurisou, photo 3 & 4),
Anemone raddeana (Azuma Ichige).

Mt. Kobotoke Shiroyama:
Narcissus (photo 6).


(photo 3)

(photo 4)

(photo 5)

(photo 6)

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