May 22, 2017

Fairies in the Woods (May 16th & 21st)

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).
 We found a spot where Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper) flowers grow here in Fairbanks last week.  They had buds last week, so we went back to the spot to check them out yesterday and they were already blooming!  Isn't it amazing?  They bloom so quickly.  It took only less than a week for the tight buds to bloom.
 We saw first wild violets in Fairbanks at the same spot, too!  I wonder how many kinds of violets we will be able to find here in the Fairbanks area this year.

先週、ホテイランの蕾を見つけた場所に、昨日、また確認しに行ってきました。
ほんの5日後なのに、もう満開になってました!
フェアバンクスでは、初になる野生のスミレも咲いているのを確認できました。

From here, the pictures were taken on May 16th.

A kind of junco was chirping in the tree.

Lingonberry flowers were blooming.

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaved Violet).

 From here, the pictures were taken on May 21st.

A squirrel was hiding in the hole in the birch tree.

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).
OMG.....so many of them were blooming!

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).
Beautiful contrast of pink, burgundy, yellow and white!

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).
The burgundy stripe pattern looks like a kind of shrimp, too. 

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).
The leaves are more flat than the ones we found in Japan.
Click here and here to see the ones growing in Japan.

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

They were growing in the dark white spruce forest.

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).
We found a couple of pale ones.

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaved Violet). 
The first violet we saw here in Fairbanks!

Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaved Violet).

Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaved Violet).

Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaved Violet).
ウスバスミレっぽい印象のスミレでした。
英語名を直訳すると「腎葉スミレ」…
スミレの葉っぱの形を腎臓に例えるのは日本と同じですね。

Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaved Violet).
They have pretty small flowers.

Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaved Violet).

Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaved Violet).

Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaved Violet).
The spur is quite short.

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

Calypso bulbosa var. americana (Fairy Slipper).

May 1, 2017

Creamer's Field (May 1st)

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).
They have come back to Creamer's Field!

We went to Creamer's Field to see some cranes.
We saw 5 of them today...2 couples and 1 lonesome one.
Almost all the snow on the field has melted away and water is also dried up and reducing on the ground.  There are not as many swans as before, but they are still here in Fairbanks.

クリーマーズ・フィールドにカナダヅルが戻ってきています。
ついこの間まで、雪と氷で覆われてナキハクチョウが群がっていましたが、その雪もすっかり解けて、水も大分、ひけてきました。
今日、観察できたカナダヅルは、5羽。これからもっと飛来するはずです。

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Beautiful reflection of the blue sky on the water.

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).
They were busy eating.

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).
One of them got a tag on its leg.

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).
A couple found a single stranger.

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).
After a moment, one of the couple scared the single stranger away.

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).
They were crying out loud.

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Creamer's Field.

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane)
and Branta canadensis (Canada Goose).


Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane)
and Branta canadensis (Canada Goose).

Grus canadensis (Sandhill Crane)
and Branta canadensis (Canada Goose).


Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan).

Cygnus buccinator (Trumpeter Swan)
and Anser albifrons (Greater White-fronted Goose).