Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Early This Year
These birds are usually winter visitors to the island. Like November through April.
The year 2020 has pulled a few surprises so, maybe this is just another one.
The scientific name for these birds is Pluvialis fulva.
In Japan, they're called Munaguro (ムナグロ).
More about these birds in this previous post.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Aoashishigi (アオアシシギ) in Japan
Camera: Pentax K3
Lens: Sigma 50-500 at 500MM
Exposure: f/11 1/250 ISO 100
Location: Kin Town, Okinawa, Japan
Date and Time: AUG 19 2020 7:59 AM
VIEW AT CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY
Saturday, August 15, 2020
It Started Around 5 AM Today
Going out the door for my morning stroll I noticed the moon in clear skies.
It was interesting enough for me to set up the tripod before sunrise and my usual destination.
The image (during editing) was tilted a few degrees, to straighten the smile a bit.
A few hours later and miles from home, I noticed this scarecrow in a field.
The rascal was doing a fairly good job. There were no birds in sight.
About 8 AM I Was Hot and Thirsty
Knowing there's a shaded area and vending machines at Nature Mirai, that's where I went.
Normally, I stop at a 100 Yen drink machine closer to the residential area.
A few bottles of cold water and a can of coffee, get tossed into the backpack.
The darn machine wouldn't operate for some reason so, I traveled without water.
Water was found in another vending machine and, while drinking I noticed this.
Just to the left of a coffee vending machine is this Seventeen Ice Cream machine!
Half a bottle of water was enough for me. The dog got to drink the rest.
Green tea ice cream in a cone seemed appropriate for breakfast. It's healthy I think.
The stuff ain't cheap. It's 160 Yen for one skinny little ice cream cone. That's over a dollar!
Hey, it's miles away from civilization. A place where people camp and go kayaking.
My Japanese language skills aren't near perfect but, I figured something out.
The language on the machine (Japanese) told me this was Blueberry Cheesecake.
Who's gonna complain after I spent two or three bucks on ice cream for breakfast?
After munching the ice cream cones down, I stockpiled my backpack with bottled water.
It would be after 11 AM by the time I got home.
A bit of research led me to the website of the makers of this scrumptious ice cream.
Before everyone on the island starts asking for directions to Nature Mirai, look here.
That ice cream got me thinking the 18,000 steps I took wouldn't be enough exercise for today.
So, the dog and went for another few thousand steps tonight to burn some extra calories.