Wild blessing

Actinidia arguta
Bower actinidia
猿梨(サルナシ)

Photograph by Baikada (ばいかだ)
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Snake’s log で植物を扱うのは初めてですね。綺麗なもの、自分が関心を引いたものはいろいろ撮ってみたいので、今回アップすることになりました。
It is the first time that I introduce a plant in “Snake ‘s log”. Because I wanted to take a beautiful thing and a thing to be interested in, I decided to update this log at this time.

サルナシはコクワとも呼ばれます。自分はコクワのほうの名前しか知りませんでした。コクワは主に北海道での呼び名のようですね。サルナシの語源には、猿が好んで食べる梨のような実といった説があります。(アイヌ語では「クッチプンカル」といいます)しかし、サルナシは梨の仲間というより、断面や味から小型のキウイです。外見は毛も生えていないし、小さいしキウイとは違うのですが、食べてみるとわかります。
“Bower actinidia” (Actinidia arguta) is called “Saru-nashi” in Japan and is called “Kokuwa”, too. I knew only how of “Kokuwa” to call. “Kokuwa” is chiefly in Hokkaido like the alias. Etymologically of “Saru-nashi”, there is an opinion called the fruit which seems to be the pear which a monkey eats willingly. (It is called “Kutci-punkar” in Ainu. ) “Saru-nashi”‘s japanese mean is “Monkey-pear”. However, “Salnashi” is a small kiwi rather than the companion of the pear. As for “Salnashi”, the hair does not grow on the surface.
However, it is understood that “Salnashi” is kiwi’s companion when eating.

キウイは、サルナシの仲間のシナサルナシを品種改良したもので、英名もKiwi berryです。この季節だけ味わえる、野生界からの恵みですね。
A kiwi is the thing which did selective breeding of “Kiwi berry” (Actinidia chinensis)(Japanese name: Chinese sarunashi) of the companion of the “Sarunashi”. It is a blessing from the wild world to be able to taste only in this season.

北海道の秋は、一気に紅葉が進みます。サルナシの葉は、黄色く紅葉し、葉柄は赤くなります。近くに良く生えているヤマブドウは真っ赤に、そしてイタヤカエデはまだ緑。空の青、土の黒、雲の白…とても鮮やかな季節ですが、もう一月もすると白銀の世界へと姿を変えていきます。
“Autumn tint” advances at a dash in the autumn of Hokkaido. The leaf of Kiwi berry grow yellows, and the stalk reddens. “Yama-budou”(Japanese mean: Mountain grape) (Vitis coignetiae) that has grown to be near is red and “Itaya-kaede”(Japanese mean: Maple for wood house) (Acer mono) is still green. The blue of sky, the black of the soil, and the white of cloud … It transmogrifies it to the world of silvery white when doing in another January though it is a very vivid season.

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Going back

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
Pink salmon
樺太鱒(カラフトマス)

Photograph by Baikada (ばいかだ)
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私は、関東の神奈川県育ちです。神奈川県の河川には、サケマスは溯上してきません。下流域ということもあって、河川改修済みで、川に直接下りることも難しい状況でした。また、見られる魚もコイやボラばかりでした。これらの魚もそこそこ大きくはなるのですが、迫力がありません。
I grew up in the vicinity of Tokyo of Japan. In the river of a thing of there, salmon and trout (Oncrhynchus spp.) do not go up. In the place where I lived, there was the downstream region in the river, too and the river repair, and going down to the river directly were a difficult situations. The fish which I could watch was only Carp (Cyprinus carpio) and Mullet (Mugil cephalus).These fish suffer greatly, too, but are not big so as to be impressive.

北海道に住んだ時、目の前の川を1m余のサケや、「せっぱり」のカラフトマスがぐんぐん溯上する姿には感動を覚えました。
I began to live in Hokkaido. And, I was impressed to see the appearance that Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) one meter over and “Humpback” Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) do the river in the presence after.

このSnakes logでも、「FISH」というカテゴリを作りましたが、陸のカメラしか持っていないと、なかなか写真も増やせないですね。水槽など駆使すれば、また面白そうな写真が撮れるのではないかと思っています。
I settled a category called “FISH” for this “Snake ‘s log”, but the photographs do not increase too much because I have only the camera that I use it on the land. If I devise water tanks and use it, I think that I may take the photograph which seems to be interesting.

それにしても、カラフトマスのオスの、成熟したピンク色は見事なものです。サケマスがピンピンと川をジャンプしながら進む姿も撮ってみたいですが、時期を少しはずしてしまったので、もうヨレヨレとした元気の無い魚しか残っていませんでした。それでも、大きな魚が目の前で何十と泳ぐ姿は圧巻です。
However, I think that a pink color mature of the male in Pink salmon is splendid also in such a photograph. I wanted to take the figure that a salmon and a trout jumped cheerfully in a river, but only a fish without spirit has already stayed because the time was late. Still, I am impressed by the figure which a big fish of dozens of swims in front of my eyes.

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Light effect

Actias artemis aliena
Emperor moth
大水青(オオミズアオ)

Photograph by Baikada (ばいかだ)
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大型でとても美しい色彩のオオミズアオ。見た瞬間に、とても惹きつけられる、不思議な魅力のある昆虫です。比較的普通に見られる蛾で、山の公衆便所の壁などでも見る事が出来ます。しかし、美しい場所にはなかなか止まりません。しかも、昼間に見ると、なぜか拍子抜けした色に見えてしまいます。そのまま写真を撮っても、その場で感じる美しさを伝える事が出来ません。
Emperor moth(Actias artemis aliena) is a large-scale, very beautiful color moth. It is an insect that has the magical charm to which is dressed very much momentarily at the time of saw the appearance. In the moth thought that Emperor moth is comparatively usual, it is possible to see also with the wall etc. of a public lavatory in the mountain. However, Enperor moth does not readily settle on the beautiful place. The discolored color shows it for some reason, besides, when I watch Enperor moth in the day. Oneself cannot convey beauty to feel on the spot even if I just take a photograph.

どうにかして、何か表現できないかと思って四苦八苦した写真がこれです。被写体としては、ほとんど動かないので、しばらく撮影させてもらい、写真の勉強をさせてもらいました。
I had a hard time whether I cannot express this photograph well. Because I hardly moved for a subject, I would photograph it for a while and studied the photograph.

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Sober existence

Meles meles
Eurasian badger
穴熊(アナグマ)

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アナグマってとても日本人の認知度が低いです。日本の昔話によく登場する「ムジナ」はこのアナグマであると言われています。見た目がぱっとタヌキに似ています。なので意外と見られていてもタヌキとして片付けられてしまっているのかもしれません。名前がアナグマです。クマの仲間かと思われているのかもしれません。
The Japanese does not know badger (Meles meles) very much. It is said to be a badger “Mujina” appearing in the Japanese old tale well. The eurasian badger resembles a raccoon-dog closely in an appearance. It is likely to be recognized as a raccoon-dog though unexpected and the appearance are seen. The eurasian badger is called “Ana-guma” in japan. Japanese mean is bear that digs up hole. It might be thought bear’s companion by many Japanese.

しかし、意外にもアナグマはイタチの仲間です。ずんぐりしていますが、動きをよく見ていると、テンも共通するところがありました。基本の動きは全く違うんですけどね。でも時々イタチだなあって思います。逃げ去るときの腰の動きとか。
However, the badger is weasel’s companion. The eurasian badger was short and thick, but there was the part that was common with Japanese marten (Meles meles) when I saw the movement of the eurasian badger well. The basic movement is totally different with a badger and the weasel, but the movement of the waist when a badger runs sometimes thinks that it seems to be a weasel.

マイナーな生き物だけに、ちょっと紹介のし甲斐がありますね(^^)
It is pleasant that I introduce it to only a minor creature. 🙂

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Turn

Zootoca vivipara
Viviparous lizard
子持愛蛇(コモチカナヘビ)

Photograph by Baikada (ばいかだ)
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今年の北海道撮影は、このコモチカナヘビを撮影するのが主目的でした。北海道は他の生き物も比較的撮りやすいのでいいところですね。コモチカナヘビは日本では北海道のかなり限られた北部にしか生息していない、日本では貴重な生き物です。しかし、世界的に目を広げるとヨーロッパ全域とサハリン、シベリアに広く分布する比較的普通のトカゲです。
My taking a picture purpose of this year in Hokkaido was to have taken a picture of Viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara). Hokkaido is the place where the other creatures are comparatively good for because they are easy to take it for me. She is a valuable creature in Japan inhabiting only the limited northern part of Hokkaido in Japan. However, she is a common lizard distributed over the European whole area and Sakhalin, the Siberia widely worldwide.

コモチカナヘビのすごいところは、北極圏にも生息している世界最北端で生きられる爬虫類ということ。そのために「卵」を産まずにおなかの中で卵を孵し「子供」を産みます。「子供」を産む理由はいろいろあると思うのですが、寒さで卵が孵化しなかったり、外敵から卵の状態では身を守れなかったり…そのあたりが理由なのではないかと思います。
She inhabits the Arctic Circle. Therefore, she produces “a baby” without laying “an egg”. I think that there is the reason why she produces “a baby” in various ways, but an egg does not hatch by cold and cannot protect the body from a foreign enemy in the state of the egg, …I think.

このコモチカナヘビですが、以前はサロベツ原野に多数生息し、観察も容易だったそうです。しかし、原野の木道から湿地帯に足を踏み入れてしまうマナーのない方がいたため、一部の木道を高い位置に設置しなおしました。そのため、コモチカナヘビが木道に上がって日光浴する姿は、一部の木道では簡単に見られなくなってしまったそうです。
Viviparous lizard seemed to live in the “Sarobetsu uncultivated field” a lot before, and to have been observed easily. However, it was set up at the position where the tree road was high again because there was a person who did not have manners that it sets foot on wetlands from the tree road in the uncultivated field. Therefore, the appearance (going up of Viviparous lizard to the tree road and sunbathing) seems not to have been seen easily by us.

いつも頑張って写真を撮りに行くんですが、いつも木道の白い照り返しでコモチカナヘビが黒く写ってしまい、失敗写真を重ねておりますが、今年は何とか撮れました。(^^;
撮影結果がすぐわかるデジタルカメラのお陰です。ありがたい。7月に撮影したのですが、朝の6時にはもう、かなり動きが素早くなっていたので、太陽が昇り始める4時頃に見に行くとゆっくりと見れるかもしれません。写真は近づきすぎて、逃げる瞬間です。まさに「翻って」います。
I was able to take it this year though Viviparous lizard was always black, it reflected by a white reflection of the tree road, and the failure photograph was descended repeatedly though I held out and went to take the photograph. It is a favor of the digital camera to understand the taking a picture result soon. Viviparous lizard might be able to be seen slowly when going to see around 4 o’clock where the sun begins to rise though took a picture in July because movement was considerably quick already at 6 o’clock. The photograph is a moment from which it approaches too much, and it runs away. There is exactly “Turn”.

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Snake travel

It is a season of the snakes in the summer! I departed to West Japan to watch a lot of snakes. I photographed it mainly on the snake of each place while sometimes meeting a person at various places. I met 118 snakes of ten kinds. To be frank, there was haste of feelings “Because I still took up photography and the number of photographs was little, it is necessary to increase my stock”, too. It has upset my health for one and a half months afterwards though there was a big gain in this taking a picture travel. I want to take a picture while peacefully doing variously to the physical condition.

キュウシュウノウサギ(ニホンノウサギ)
Japanese hare

夏はヘビの季節!たくさんのヘビを見ようと西日本へ出発した。いろいろな場所で、ところどころ人と会いながら、各地のヘビを中心に撮影した。気がついてみると10種118匹のヘビに出会っていた。

正直なところ、まだ写真を始めて写真数が少ないので、在庫を増やさねば!という気持ちの焦りもあった。今回の撮影は大きな収穫があったが、その後半月寝込んでしまった。体調といろいろ、のんびりやりながら撮影したいと思う。

タガメ(幼虫)
Giant water bug

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Trap

Eumeces japonicus
Japanese five-lined skink
日本蜥蜴(ニホントカゲ)

Photograph by Baikada (ばいかだ)
*CANON EOS KISS DIGITAL X*

ニホントカゲの今年生まれの子供でした。早朝にはいませんでした。しかし、昼に気がつくと、この異様な体形でみつかりました。ちなみに既に亡くなっています。
The photograph was a juvenile born in this year of Japanese five-lined skink (Plestiodon(Eumeces) japonicus). There was not yet him early in the morning. However, he was found with a strange figure when I noticed at noon. By the way, he has already died.

この日は、風もなく、照りつける太陽が非常に強く、ニホントカゲにとっては絶好の日光浴日和でした。しかし、ある意外なものが作用して、恵みであるはずの太陽に、殺されてしまいました…。
Without wind, the sun which glared down was very strong on that day and was ideal day for sunbathing for him. However, a certain surprising thing acted, and he has been killed in the sun which should have been a blessing.

Eumeces japonicus
Japanese five-lined skink
日本蜥蜴(ニホントカゲ)

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クモの巣が原因でした。何かの理由で引っかかってしまったのでしょう。彼にはまだ、クモの巣を振りほどく力はなかった。そして、彼は吊るされたまま太陽の熱を受け続け、亡くなってしまったのでしょう。
The cause of his death was done because of the cobweb. It might be caught for some reasons. He did not have power to still shake off the cobweb. And he continued taking solar heat with having been able to hang and will have died.

いつ、何で死ぬか、私たちでさえも予測することは出来ません。
Even we cannot predict why we die when.

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Impression

Bufo japonicus formosus
Eastern-japanese common toad
東蟇蛙(アズマヒキガエル)

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アズマヒキガエルは北海道にも今では生息していますが、もともと北海道にいたのかは個人的には疑問です。この青森県のアズマヒキガエルが、日本のヒキガエルでは本来の北限なのではないかと思っています。(つまり北海道には何かの形で移入されたのではと思っています)
I doubt whether in Hokkaido originally though Eastern-japanese common toad (Bufo japonicus formosus) lives in Hokkaido. I do not think that there is Eastern-japanese common toad of Aomori Prefecture in toad of Japan because it is an original north limit of it. (In a word, Eastern-japanese common toad might have been imported to Hokkaido, I think.)

この撮影地は、恐山。霊的な聖地とされていて、ここにはイタコと呼ばれる巫女たちがいます。イタコは霊を体に宿し、死者がイタコを通じて生者と話をする事が出来る「口寄せ」を行うとされています。そんな畏れ多い場所で出会った北限のアズマヒキガエルは、体色も奇抜な赤、雨に濡れて不気味さを増し、口をパクパクさせていかにも「口寄せ」を行っているかのようでした。
The taking a picture ground of this Eastern-japanese common toad is Mt.Osore-zan (Japanese mean : Mountain of fear). There are shrine maidens from whom here is made to a spiritual sacred ground, and called Itako. Itako is assumed that the soul is borne in the body, and “Kuchi-yose” (Japanese mean : Mouth drawing) in which it can talk about the dead human with living human through Itako is done.

本当は、たまたま食事後か何かで、口の周りの違和感を解消しようと、パクパクさせていた、なんてところなんでしょうけどね。久しぶりに、対象をど真ん中に撮ってみました。
This Eastern-Japanese Common Toad which I came across at this place got the color of the body wet with original red in the rain and it was weird and she moved a mouth and did seem to perform “Kuchi-yose” at all. In fact, I expected it in this way. “She moved a mouth to get rid of sense of incongruity around the mouth in the meal back”

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Round hokkaio

Anyway, Hokkaido is wide. Because I had rounded almost in Hokkaido this time, it was exhausted. The gasoline considerably took money. However, I think that I was good because I was able to meet Viviparous lizard which was my aim. After all Burrowing ratsnake the Hokkaido product was a beautiful individual.

ミソサザイ
Winter Wren

北海道はとにかく広い。今回はほぼ一周した感じになったが、へとへとになった。ガソリン代もかなりなことになった。しかし、目標だったコモチカナヘビとは逢う事が出来たので、良かったと思う。北海道産のジムグリもやっぱり綺麗な個体でした。

ヘビトンボ
English name unknown.

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Typhoon

I decided to go out of Tokyo comparatively tuneful and to take a picture in Hokkaido. Because Hokkaido was wide, I chose not the airplane but the car. I was going to go to Hokkaido by a ferry from Ibaraki. However, for a typhoon approach, I went north by car to Aomori and took the route which was in Hokkaido. I stopped at Mt. Osore-zan of Aomori on the way and went over Tsugaru Strait by a ferry. I was not able to watch the fur seal which I expected in the sea.

ウミネコ
Black-tailed Gull

比較的調子がよく、東京を出て北海道で撮影することにした。北海道は広いので、飛行機ではなく、車で茨城県大洗から北海道苫小牧に入る予定だったが、台風接近のため、青森大間まで一気に車で北上し、函館に入るルートを取った。途中、青森県の恐山などにも寄り、フェリーで津軽海峡を越えた。海では期待していたオットセイは見れなかった。

ミズナギドリ sp.
Shearwater sp.

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