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.

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

Shinjuku


Studio Alta is one of Shinjuku’s prime meeting spots with it’s large screen. Photo taken in the 1990’s


Shinjuku is a major district in Tokyo that is known for skyscrapers, shopping and electronic stores, and a lively dining and entertainment district. Another interesting site worth visiting in Shinjuku is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and it’s observation decks and picturesque views of Tokyo. Shinjuku is known as the world’s busiest train station with ten platforms that serve 20 tracks and 12 train links, and more than 3.6 million daily passengers using the station. To access Shinjuku Station you can take JR Lines: Yamamote Line, Chuo Main Line Rapid, Chuo Rapid Line, Chuo-Sobu Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line, and Saikyo Line. Non-JR lines to access Shinjuku are: Odakyu Electric Railway, Keio Lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, and Toei Subway’s Toei Shinjuku and Toei Oedo lines.