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Monday, January 31, 2011

Narcissus Field at Nada-Kuroiwa in Awaji-shima Island

 
About five millions of wild narcissus grow on a steep slope of Mt. Yuzuruha , 608 meters high, in Awaji Island, Hyogo pref. Japan.

Daffodils
William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.



Narcissus leaning closer to the water remind me of Narcissus in Greek mythology.

Clean and bright narcissus are swaying in the cold but gentle breeze.


Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
 
As the flowers go up the steep hill, sweet fragrance fills the air.
 The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

The contrast of white and lemon yellow floers and blue sea.  I wonder whether they are yearning for unknown land beyond the sea or just facing the sun.
 For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.



This year, start of narcissus blooming was delayed two weeks due to record  low temperature.  They will continue blooming till the end of February one after another.  



 
Another scent made me look up and realize some ume, or Japanese apricot  blossoms, are blooming, too.  Facing the Pacific Ocean, the weather of southern Awaji island is one of the mildest ones in Japan and spring comes earlier.





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17 comments:

  1. Thank you for you lovely comment which helped me to find your blog! It's beautiful, I really admire your photos! This slope covered with wild narcissus is amazing. I can imagine the fragrance:)
    Have a great day!

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  2. I loved viewing your sights of Spring, was just wondering this morning as I looked out at the sun melting our snow away, if the daffodils in my garden could be poking through.

    Your beautiful photos of the daffodils on the steep slope of Mt. Yuzuruha represent William Wordsworth's poem exceptionally well. This was a lovely post, Stardust, which I enjoyed. Looking foward to my Spring too!

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  3. Beautiful photos, Stardust.
    I feel nice smell coming from your flowers in the photos!
    Spring comes earlier in Awaji Island than Nara.
    It is lovely to imagine that the flowers facing the sea get sunlight, swinging in the cool wind.

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  4. I would love to see the narcissus in person! They are so pretty in your photos. Narcissus won't be blooming her until the end of April!

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  5. I smell sweet fragrance from your photos.

    Narcissi are my favorite.They grow straight up in the cold wind and bloom beautifully. They are courageous as well as pure.

    Thank you for your stunning blog!!

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  6. Oh my - what a gorgeous gorgeous sight! Lovely shots. (We're covered in ice and snow still so it was heavenly to see grass and flowers here.)

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  7. wow spring photos, like that time of the year
    but we have to wat a few months before it arives here
    very nice my world posting, gives me hope

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    Link to My Word Tuesday post!

    Seen on My World Tuesday

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  8. Wow, the spring is already there!!! I can't wait for the spring to come up north and arrive in my town, Utsunomiya:)
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

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  9. The combination ocean and suisen which I adore is an ideal for me.
    Calm and beautiful photos.

    In northen area there are many districts where they suffer from heavy snow in Japan, though it looks like paradise here.

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  10. Thank you for this gentle journey of splendor among the daffodils climbing the hills toward the sky and brightened by the glinting of the sea. The ume too delight the pale winter sky with coming spring beauty.

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  11. I myself would like to look for this kind of beautiful scenery with a fragrance to get added to my memory so as to enrich my life.

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  12. Hello stardust.
    The space seems to be Wonderland of the flowers. . .

    Thank you for your visit.
    Good weekend.
    ruma

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  13. Nice and sweet comments like a narcissus from each of you are really appreciated.

    My husband and I had a trip to Awaji-shima Island to unwind and relax ourselves from the bitter cold which has lasted since last year-end. I like winter and have been enjoying walking bundled in the coat, feeling cold, crisp air. Now we are in warm spell for a relief.

    Hope you all have a wonderful winter, too.

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  14. Your photos of the Narcissus and Apricot blossoms make me smile. My spring is still a distant hope, but I'm glad I can enjoy yours on Awaji Island.

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  15. Hi stardust!
    These are very lovely photos (the first and the sixth, especially). I like how you angled the camera to catch not just the flowers but the sky and the landscape, too.

    If it's not too much to ask, can you give me directions how to get here from Kobe? I am planning a trip to Kobe this winter (December or January) and I really wanter to spend a day in this beautiful island.

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    1. Thank you for the comment. Excuse me for not having replied sooner.

      I think that December is a bit too early for the blooms of daffodils and that mid-January to early-February would be the best. To get to Awaji-shima Island, you need to cross Akashi-kaikyo Bridge. From Sannomiya (Kobe) bus terminal, there are bus service for Awaji-shima. http://www.feel-kobe.jp/_en/nearby_city/awaji/

      Nada-kuroiwa is located about 40 minutes’ drive from Awaji South Interchange of Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Road. I’m not sure what public transportation is available after getting of the bus from Sannomiya (Kobe). Please get information at the Kobe Information Center (Tel. 078-322-0220 9:00-19:00, over the New Year, till 15:00)) http://feel-kobe.jp/_en/useful/information_guide/

      Nada-kuroiwa is “S” on this Google map. https://maps.google.co.jp/maps/ms?gl=jp&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=208280556018270443974.0004b22667a4d6de124f5&dg=feature

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