Posts Tagged ‘furano’

Obliging Nibblers

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The blue summer sky overhead is suddenly filled with swarms of insects.  Not knowing if the are locust, bees, wasps or something unique to Japan we stop and digest the scene above us.  It quickly becomes evident that the mass of flying bugs are harmless and beautiful four winged dragonflies.

We stare in amazement at the huge number of the graceful insects that are along the floodbanks of the Sorachi River near the town of Furano.  The airspace is teeming with them and we are mesmerized by the aerial antics of these low flying creatures.

After a few minutes we turn our attention to the variety of plants and flowers that line the pathway we are walking on and realise that the dragonflies are having a feeding frenzy too.  Hundreds of them are zipping from flower to flower and doing what dragonflies do when they find a tasty morsel.

With our cameras at the appropriate settings we venture closer and closer to the dragonflies in the hope that we can take photos of them feeding.  Fortunately these little insects don’t seem to be too concerned about our presence and, after a while, we realise we can get up close and personal to them.

Over the next 20 minutes or so we take dozens of photo’s of obliging dragonflies in different poses as they feed on the beautiful flowers. A photographer’s delight!

Whilst we came to the Furano region to photograph the stunning array of colourful summer flowers these beautiful dragonflies have provided us with an unexpected photographic experience.  What a win!

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Fields Of Rainbows

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Acres of brightly coloured flowers all perfectly aligned and following the contours of the land stretch out in front of us like a rainbow that has decided to lay itself across the landscape.  Bees, dragonflies and an assortment of opportunistic insects make the most of Hokkaido’s summer blooms and fill up on the delicacies offered up by the variety of plants.

We are in Furano, Hokkaido and we are allowing our eyes to feast on the beautifully prepared gardens that draw thousands of tourists to this area of Japan during Hokkaido’s brief but stunning summer.  Hills that entertain skiers in winter are full of lavender, sunflower and other beautiful plants.  Lower fields around Nakafurano and in Farm Tomita are covered with the many colors of Sage, Cosmos and the bright pink of the Cleome.  It is a gardener’s paradise and a photographer’s easel.

The cloudless blue sky overhead allows the full intensity of the sun to make the stunningly beautiful colours of nature even more vivid and we stand in awe of the display that is neatly arranged before us.  Mother Nature has put on a show that makes one appreciate how beautiful the simple things are when you take time to stop and smell the roses (or other types of flowers).

The region around Furano is also renown for being the “fruit bowl” of Hokkaido and many of the vegetables and fruits that adorn the masses of food halls in Japan are grown in this region.  Today, while our eyes savour the stunning display of flowers our palates soak up the taste of juicy cantaloupe – a seasonal delicacy grown right here in Furano.  Our personal favourite was the soft ice cream infused with the orange melon’s pulp.  Wow.

After several hours of roaming around the garden beds in the Furano region we board the opened carriage Norokko Flower Train and literally ride off into the sunset.  The spacious booth style seats in the train give us room to unload our backpacks and cameras and the large open windows provide an unobstructed view of the passing fields and towns.

We arrive in the city of Ashaikawa just as the sun is setting and just as our stomachs have emptied out enough to consume another steaming hot bowl of locally prepared ramen.

Another incredible day in Hokkaido!

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