I took these photos at Ohori koen just before the rain started. These photos might look like being taken just before the storm. But actually, the sky was just little cloudy. The effect of "black and white" changes an impression of photos interestingly.
The sky of Fukuoka has been cloudy part of because air pollution comes from China. Fukuoka is suffered from yellow sand from China too. People in Fukuoka told me that it is difficult to hung laundry out to dry because of the sand. Because of these reasons, the sky was not also so blue today, but contrails made the sky interesting.
Now blossoms of Japanese plum trees in Maizuru park in Fukuoka are just before full bloom. The blossoms smell very nice. Maizuru park is a part of the ruin of Fukuoka castle. Walls of the old castle made of huge rocks matched with blossoms of Japanese plum trees as a beautiful scenery.
I bought a pot of snapdragon flowers last weekend. The flowers is very springlike. Japanese name of this flower is Kingyo-so, which means goldfish plant. Ancient Japanese though that the flower looks like a tail fin of goldfish. I wondered why English name is snapdragon and Googled. I found a sentence that Snapdragons are a particular favorite of children who like to pinch the tiny individual blossoms and make the "dragon mouth" open and close. I see.
Today, I went to Ohori koen too. There are many birds such as sparrows, Gray starlings, Pale thrush, White wagtails, Brown-eared bulbils, Herring gulls, Coots, Mallards, Common Cormorants, Black kites, and Black-headed gulls.
Today, I went to Terumo shrine in the west park (Nishi koen). As you may know, most of Japanese shrines have a money box (Saisen-bako). People who visit shrines put coins into the box and then pray. The money box in the Terumo shrine has a trick. When people put coins into the box, people can hear crane singing. I heard it in my hairstyling salon end of the last year, and wanted to go there since then. It was warm today, so I finally went there and took videos. Please listen!
I went to the Maizuru park, where is close to my apartment. The park is famous for blossoms of Japanese plum. About 10-20% of blossoms are in bloom. These blossoms will be in full bloom within two weeks, I guess. The last photo is Japanese plum blossoms in front of ruin of the Fukuoka castle. They matches very well as a scenery. It has been so cold and dark here, so I'm so happy to see beautiful flowers.
It was little warm today, so I walked around my apartment. I found a bird looks like thrush, and took its photo. Then I went through my bird book and found that it was a Pale thrush. This bird visits south part of Japan during winter. Japanese name of this bird is Shirohara. Shiro means white, and hara means belly. But its belly is not so white.
Hi. It has been dark and cold in winter at Fukuoka. I'm waiting for spring. By the way, my apartment is close to the ruin of Fukuoka castle. The castle is surrounded by a moat. There are several gates for getting into the castle. Above photo is Oote gate, which is one of such gates. The lighting-up of the gate is beautiful, isn't it?