Cistus Creticus (Cretan Rockrose)

 

 

 

Cistus Creticus (Cretan Rockrose) at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens

 

 Cistus Creticus (Cretan Rockrose) is a Mediterranean flower

 

Purple-pink to rose pink flowers with orange stamens (pollen bearing organ of flower)

 

Each flower lasts a day

 

Visited by bees and butterflies

 

Drought and salt tolerant, and deer resistant

 

2’ – 5’ (60cm – 150 cm) height and 2’ – 3’ (60cm – 90cm) spread

 

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) photograph taken in the 1990’s (Kodachrome)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) is a horrendous reminder of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th 1945 that killed over 100,000 people and destroyed the City by the American Armed Forces. It was the only structure left after the tragic bombing. The nearby Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum which educates the public about what occurred on that catastrophic day and afterwards. It symbolizes the horrendous power of the nuclear weapons but also gives hope for permanent world peace and preventing a re-occurrence. There has been three renovation projects (1967, 1989-1990 and 2002-2003 to preserve and maintain the Peace Dome since it was built. The Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) is a historic site from the Japanese 1950 Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties, and is managed by Hiroshima City and Prefectural Government and the Government of Japan.

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https://hpmmuseum.jp/?lang=eng

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California Least Tern

California Least Tern at the Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose)

The California Least Tern is one of a few Tern species. They are still considered an endangered bird species. The bird is relatively small measuring ten inches with a wing length of four inches and weighing only 45-55 grams. Their diet consists of diving towards the water picking off fish just below the surface. California Least Terns are identified by a short, forked tail, and a long, slightly decurved, tapered bill. Their territory is only in the United States along the immediate coast of California from San Francisco Bay south to the Mexican border. But due to coastal development and intense human recreational use of beaches the numbers greatly diminished with numbers around 6,000 pairs today.

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Fukushima Rice Field

 

 

 


Fukushima has long been famous for its agriculture and is Japan’s premier rice-growing regions. Some of the best rice brands are grown in Fukushima Prefecture.

 

 

 

the rice fields

 

October means

 

ready for harvest

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Lithops

Colorful Lithops

Lithops are drought resistant succulents grown by seeds and can be either located indoors or outdoors. Another name for Lithops are living stones or flowering stones. They are originally from Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Lithops are only 2.5 cm (1.2”) in size and only need to water when completely dry. Soil is the main the potting mixture mixed with perlite, pumice, sand, and fine lava. They avoid being eaten by blending in with surrounding rocks. Lithops are known to be popular house plants and there are 37 species of Lithops and 145 varieties.

Fair Play Rose

San Jose Heritage Rose Garden at Guadalupe River Park in San Jose, CA May 2022

Fair Play Rose

Rosaceae Family

1 ft. to 5 ft. size

1 ft. to 5 ft. width

edibles, shrubs

medium leaves, deciduous

purples, reds

Bloomtime Range: Early Summer to Mid Fall

Tsuruga-jo Castle

Tsuruga-jo Castle 鶴ヶ城 is the symbol of Aizu and located in Aizu-Wakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture. It was known as an invincible castle as it lasted one month against an enemy during the end of the Edo era 1868-1869. But in 1874 it was torn down into stone walls. Later it was rebuilt in 1965 and also in 2011 it went through a major facelift. You can view cherry blossoms in the spring and fall leaves in autumn. The address is 1-1 Outemachi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima, 965-0873. For more information please contact: info@tsurugajo.com

Minowabashi

Minowabashi or “Joyful Minowa” is a local shopping street located in Arakawa-ku in Tokyo. It is 400 meter long street with inexpensive food and produce vendors and bargain shops. The main characteristic of the street are friendly vendors who make the neighborhood an inviting place to visit. To access please take the Hibiya subway line and exit at the Minowa Station. Minowabashi is only a five minute walk from the station.

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Night Time



Taken at San Jose Japantown February 2022. Photograph was taken by using the rear-curtain sync setting from my camera and flash (flash fired after shutter is released so you only see the lights of passing vehicle)

Night life brings

Fleeting moments

And memories