2009年 07月 19日
I went to take photos of lotus flowes.
This is a botanical garden in Nagai Park.
Lotus flowers are in full bloom now.
The best time to see them will last until the end of this month.
Lotus flowers are most beautiful early in the morning
so the botanical garden is open from 7:30 a.m. in the holidays.
It takes about 10 minutes on foot from Nagai Station on the Midosuji Line
to Nagai Botanical Garden.
Go straight from the entrance, then you'll see a big lotus pond.
If you walk around the pond, you can see different views of the flowers
There are some spots where you can see lotus flowers close up.
It was much cooler here than outside.
Maybe that's because the ground around the pond is covered with
grass. Not only in the shade, but also sunny places were not so hot.
There is an another pond. Two swans were swimming!
By the way, I wondered what the difference was between a lotus and
a water lily.
Fortunately there was a sign explaining the difference:
Basically lotus flowers have two kinds of leaves,
one stands upright in the water,
the other lies on the surface of the water.
The flower stands upright in the water too,
and the leaves are waterproof.
In the case of the water lilies, both the flowers and the leaves lie on
the surface of the water.
And the leaves aren't waterproof.
It's nice that we can enjoy seasonal flowers in town.
I hope we'll have many parks in Osaka in the future.
2009年 06月 14日
I went to a rose garden in May.
It was the best time to see roses.
Surprisingly, this rose garden is in the grounds of Ryousenji temple in
This is a temple.
So I wonder why there is a statue of a western goddess.
Thousands of roses of over 200 varieries were in full bloom.
I had another reason to come here apart from taking photos.........!
I wanted to try this "Rose Ice cream". On the left is a "Rose Cookie".
Each one has a slight flavor of roses. Each mouthful made me happy.
I would like to have it everyday.
(But this set is 600 yen; a little expensive)
Here is a close-up.
I guess it must be difficult to make the shape of petals with ice cream.
It's nice that real rose petals are on the rose ice cream.
You can try this rose ice cream at the tea room in the inner part of the
They also have rose tea & cake, rose juice, rose coffee and so on.
Can you imagine rose coffee?
There are 2 stained glass windows on the wall.
Of course they have pictures of roses on them.
I enjoyed the beautiful rose garden and delicious rose ice cream.
I really had a lovely time.
Why not visit there yourself sometime?
2009年 05月 12日
I went to Nokonoshima in April.
Nokonoshima is a small island situated in Hakata Bay
in Fukuoka prefecture.
It's only 10 minutes by boat from the mainland.
These flowers are Livingstone daisies. They look like a patchwork quilt.
I took this photo from almost the same place as the first one.
Because I took the first picture at 4:30 p.m. most flowers had closed
their petals. It makes the picture look mysterious.
I took this one at 2:00 p.m. so the flowers still have their petals open.
This is a view of the hill side.
This shows a poppy field with the sea in the background.
Another poppy field.
These are rape blossoms.
Unfortunately, the best time to see them had already ended.
If you visit here early in April, you can see beautiful scenery like this.
To tell the truth, I hadn't heard of Nokonoshima until March
when I made a plan to visit my friend in Fukuoka.
I checked many guidebooks and I found the island there.
Actually this island isn't so famous but there are many people
who love it.
The famous Japanese author Kazuo Dan loved Nokonoshima
and lived here later in his life.
And the famous Japanese singer Yousui Inoue made a cute song
The opposite bank of Nokonoshima.
By the way, my nickname is Sako. I like taking photos.
I'd like to show you beautiful Japanese scenery.
I hope you enjoy my photos.
Hope to see you again!
☆Nokonoshima Island Park HP☆