December 19, 2009

Mt. Takao and Icchou-daira (December 20th)


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).

Today we went to Mt. Takao to see some "frost flowers" made by a unique plant, Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira). Their stems are dead in winter, but the roots are still working and keep sending water, and when the water get frozen, it explodes out of the stems and makes really interesting shaped ice.


Can you see the mistletoe?


Mt. Fuji at the top of Mt. Takao.


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).
It looks like a shell.


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).
This one also looks like a shell.


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).
You can see the ice spreading from the stem.


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).


Keiskea japonica (Shimobashira).


Miscanthus sinensis (Susuki).


Ice candles.
This one was layered.


The sky was beautiful.


Miscanthus sinensis (Susuki).


Emberiza rustica (Kashiradaka).


Euonymus hamiltonianus (Mayumi).


Ophiopogon japonicus (Ja-no-hige).


Not sure what this is, but the leaves were beautifully purple.


Ardisia japonica (Yabukouji).

3 comments:

jpPréaux said...

Wonderful ! It looks incredible. Thanks for sparing.
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Go on with these kinds of reportages so interesting. Thanks
JP

e_conservation said...

I have seen this flower when I was there in 2009. That's really interesting. Unfortunately, I didn't have those pictures because the flowers has already molten.
Very nice pictures.

bioskop said...

Thank you for your comment!
I am glad you enjoy the pictures.