Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday Snapshot: Jack-in-the-Pulpit in Japan

A little roadside show-off in Yamanakako.

Our latest biking-camping trip took us to Yamanakako, one of the Fuji Five Lakes we'd not been to yet, and it did not disappoint. Great camping with friendly folks, good food, beautiful hiking, and some of extraordinary scenery were all to be had. (Drop a note if you want some camping and eating recommendations.)

On our way back from a hike, I spotted this little guy - Jack-in-the-pulpit -  near the side of the rode. Well-known as a wild plant in North America, they are not at all unusual here in Japan. Here, though, they tend to take on a more dramatic look - deep purple hoods with stripes and a formidable looking stem - than those I recall at home. Still, it's nice to see a somewhat familiar face when I'm out for a walk.

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