April 25, 2009
The Trip to Niigata (April 17th - 19th)
We went to Niigata this weekend. We stayed at Yoshida and climbed Mt. Kakuda twice. Erythronium japonicum (Katakuri) flowers have already passed the peak, but we were amazed at how much the plants are spreading at this mountain. On the last day we stopped by Ojiya to see some yellow violets, Viola brevistipulata (Ooba-ki-sumire) and we found lots of them at the backside of the station. I took many pictures, so I will upload more of them soon.