Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sakuras at the hillsides...

Sakuras again??

Thanks to the previous owner for the 'strategic' positioning of our house, we are privileged to view wild sakuras blooming on the hillsides, without having to do much of a walk...
This picture was taken in the morning, when the sun was lighting up the hillsides...
The pond (in the middle) is used for irrigating paddy fields... it is one of about 15,000 such ponds found in Kagawa Prefecture...
A shot of our 'inner' garden... see the goldfish pond (dug by yours truly) in the foreground? 
My sweeto haato was very excited upon seeing this rainbow-like lining...
Throughout the six years we have been here, this was the first time for us to see such a phenomenon...
This is another lovely scene that we enjoy...
The terraced fields provide me with lots of photo opportunities throughout the seasons...
Moved the camera slightly and we get another scene...
This is a rather unusual wild sakura...
The flowers being whitish compared to the somewhat pinkish others...
And when the petals begin to fall... it is time to catch them floating at the pond water surface...

See here for close-up shots of the blooms...