December 11, 2009

Nogawa Park (December 12th)

A weeping willow tree by the Nogawa river.

It was pretty warm today, so we took a walk to Nogawa Park after the lunch.
The maples were still beautiful there, but it started fading after the quite strong rain yesterday. Today we found a Chimonanthus praecox f. concolor (Soshin-Roubai, Winter Sweet) tree blooming already! We also found a small patch of Astragalus sinicus (Genge, or Renge) flowers.
Now we can feel autumn, winter and a hint of spring here.

A nice maple tree by the pond in the park.

The same maple through the sunlight.

Another maple with bright red leaves.

Colorful maple leaves and the reflections on the pond.

Chimonanthus praecox f. concolor (Soshin-Roubai, Winter Sweet) and Argyreus hyperbius (Tsumaguro Hyoumon, Indian Fritillary).

Chimonanthus praecox f. concolor (Soshin-Roubai, Winter Sweet).
I noticed the flower blooming because I smelled its sweet fragrance.

Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire).

Astragalus sinicus (Genge, or Renge).

The forest on the surface of the pond.

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