It’s always nice to see the rice fields planted and sprouting green. Even though the beginning of the flooding means more mukade, after those settle down and the plants are starting to grow thicker, the frogs come sing me to sleep and fill the fields with tadpoles.
I actually take a lot of pictures of flowers. A lot. I don’t post a lot of pictures of flowers, but I take them. To make up for the lack of pretty flower posts (except for the obnoxious amount of sakura posts during sakura season) here are a few flower pictures I’ve taken in the last couple of days.
I found a tiny baby crawling on the curtain beside my desk today. I convinced it to crawl onto a piece of paper so I could take it outside and when I watched it crawl onto a leaf, I saw another tiny baby, so of course I grabbed my camera. No matter how many times I see them, there’s something about tiny mantis babies. They’re so cute.
And, as a bonus, check out what I won from a claw machine:
Wow did it snow last night. And today. And the temperatures haven’t risen about freezing all day. Actually, it’s officially been below freezing since about 3 p.m. Since there’s a ton of snow and a ton of ice out there, driving was definitely not safe, so I didn’t go to work today. I did get out from under my kotatsu and went for a walk for about an hour this morning. It was cold. My toes were frozen blocks of ice when I got home.
As much as I hate the cold, I have to admit undisturbed snow is really beautiful.
In the same valley as my favorite gingko tree is a wooden structure that kind of looks like bells. I’m not sure what the purpose is, but I’ve always been fascinated with it. This year, I wandered into the field where it sits to take some pictures.
Lots of line repetitions…no wonder I like it. This is the whole structure:
With the gingko tree in the background, of course.