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.
Today’s musical venue was in the other side of the big mountain behind us, so I opted to take the mountain road rather than going around through town. Either way takes about the same amount I’d time, but I hadn’t been over the mountain in awhile. It really is a lovely drive. At one point, not quite up to the top, I looked out and realized I was between two layers of clouds. It was a really nice view.
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.
Today was another one of those emotional days. We had lunch with a bunch of friends to say goodbye to two of our friends, Alex and Kiri. Then we drove Kiri to the airport. We had dinner with one of the other married couples, Jessi and Jesse since they are leaving on Monday. All these goodbyes have been really difficult.
We spent the evening at the river in the city watching lanterns float downriver. It was beautiful and peaceful…a really nice way to round out the day. Every year, the day after Awa Odori, lanterns are sent downriver in honor of people’s ancestors. It’s a beautiful sight.
It was nice to watch the lanterns and chat with the other folks who came out. On the way home, we got into Kamiyama just in time for fireworks. Talk about the icing in the cake! I love fireworks. Brandon even pulled off on the side of the road so we could watch.
The positive in all the rain we’ve been getting is the fact that we also get incredible cloud formations up in the mountains. We had to go out to dry laundry (along with everyone else in the prefecture) and do some grocery shopping, so I got to admire the cloud formations along the way. This is actually the view from under our car port.
Absolutely lovely and not the best by far…just the best that I was able to take a picture of. I think the best was actually seeing the clouds forming directly above the river…there was no real separation between the river water and the clouds. It was kind of amazing.