The rainy season is approaching

Crane flies (Tipulidae) mating on the mossy rock.

The dive shop was unavailable due to Covid-19. I often go out to the mountains. The social distance that no one can reach even if I call out loudly there. All I can hear is the sound of the mountain stream, the sing of birds, and frogs. Recently, cloudy days are getting more, and damp moss deepens their green. When large Crane flies (Tipulidae) softly stopped on the rock, they began to breed.
I tried no-tripod macro shooting. In underwater, the no-tripod shot is regular. However, I learned that land is so difficult.

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In the mythology of Okinawa Japan, sharks are the messenger and sacred creatures of the sea gods. They are guardians of the peace of the sea, sometimes save the drowning humans, and sometimes eat the bad guys against gods.
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Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)

Wisteria is convenient as a ceiling material of rest space like at a public park. It is okay, even in the strong sunlight. It does not only bloom a beautiful flower, but also, in the summer, its overlapping leaves provide people a cool sunshade. In winter, leaves are falling, and the sunshine through to the bench seat. Sometimes, Carpenter bee(Xylocopa appendiculata) are coming. They are a big bee, but no need to scare. They are a family of a honeybee. They just come to gather flower nectar of wisteria.

A bunch of flowers under the sea

The visibility is not the same in even the same point, you know. We like clear water for diving. However, sometimes, murky water gives us a chance. When I took this photo, the visibility of the surface was awful. On that day, the sunlight didn’t reach the seabed where was ordinary days bright. I was Swimming in dim light with buddies. Suddenly this bunch of Orange cup coral was appearing in the spotlight of my flashlight. All tentacles were blooming. It looked like a bunch of orange color Daisy flowers.
The Orange cup coral might have been mistaken for the night due to the dark surroundings. Owase, Mie, Japan

Periclimenes Kobayashi

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Periclimenes Kobayashi (Okuno & Nomura, 2002)
This commensal shrimp finds easy on the tentacle of Dofleinia armata Wassilieff, 1908 which is a venomous sea anemone. Transparent with red spots and a white band. Eyes are impressive. The eyeball is in a transparent sphere and chasing my moving.
at Oobana point (-18m), Owase, Mie, Japan

A small hidden waterfall

A small hidden waterfall at the Lake Tsukigase, Nara City, Japan.
Water from the deep forest flows down into the lake. This waterfall is called “Ryuo no Taki = The waterfall of Dragon King”. It has a legend. This waterfall was found about 1300 years ago by En no Ozunu who is called “En no Gyouja”, also. He is the founder of Shugendo. And this place used as a place for training.
Shugendo is the Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts.

Cherry blossoms (Sakura)

Nabari, Mie, Japan

Cherry blossoms (Sakura) are the symbol of spring in Japan- In Japan, April is the month starting a new life. From the kindergarten or primary school to university are starting in April. Business life also.
The end of March to early April, Cherry blossoms are blooming everywhere in Japan. Parks in cities, Roadsides, mountains … From the flowers begin blooming to the flowers disperse, about one week, festivals to see cherry blossoms are held in various parts of Japan. A spring festival where you can sing, dance, drink and eat, and enjoy the beauty of Sakura.
This year was no ordinary spring scenery. No festival was held this year to avoiding the danger of COVID-19. However, the flowers are beautiful even this sad situation.