Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rape blossoms...another harbinger of spring

 Rape blossoms  bloom in winter from early-Jan. to mid-March at this lakeside park in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture. About 12,000 flower plants carpet the area in yellow. And in July-August, there are sunflowers. It is free admission. This park is located at the lakeside of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan and the important source for the drinking water of Osaka and other cities.

Far away beyond the lake you can see the mountains covered with snow, which is the closest ski slope from my house. This year most ski resorts have enough snow to operate, but these days skiing is no more popular in Japan, even snowboards either. I guess young people prefer computers and high-tech devices to playing in the freezing field.

Rape blossom is another harbinger of spring. Spring is approaching definitely.
My husband and I go here and there to find a new companion toy poodle puppy. We are enjoying visiting and holding puppies. Wonderful time!! But we haven't met ours yet.


  1. Wow i discovered your blog occasionally, and immediatly i love it! I love Japan, and hope to visit it one day!
    You have a new follower!

    Kisses by Italy! :)

    ps: your web site is pretty too!

  2. yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    lovely spring signs...
    lovely photos..
    big hugs for you deary xxx

  3. could you send some of that Spring weather over to us!!!

    Gill in Canada

  4. Lovely pics. Good luck with the puppy hunting.

    hugs, Kaye xoxox

  5. These blossoms are so lovely! What wonderful, cheery color they add!

  6. Amazing to see that carpet of yellow on the fields, Annie! Spring cannot be that far away now!

  7. Beautiful shots. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC

  8. oh, gorgeous flowers---it's springtime!
    delightful shots.

  9. Wow, here is already covered with spring color!! The trees look like bear trees, but if we take a closer look at them, we will see many buds. I love these yellow carpets. Beautiful shots!

  10. How cheerful to see you in the midst of these yellow flowers:)

  11. Gorgeous captures!! I am now following your blog.

    Please come and see my yellow entry. Happy Valentine's Day!

  12. beautiful pictures in the field :-) Visiting late from MYM, hope that you can return the visit too.

  13. Beautiful woman and beautiful flowers!