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ブナ林 / Beech forest


A beech forest remains in Naganoyama Green Park, located in Kano, Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The beech forest is tall and has low bamboos underneath. I like this place because it feels airy despite being a forest.


The species of trees in a forest vary depending on its stage of development. A beech forest is one of those forests that are in the polar phase, which is a stable state (equilibrium state) that forests at higher elevations reach. There are also areas that have become Quercus forests.


Polar phase forest is an untouched forest, an old-growth forest that has been lost due to development all over the country, and now the remaining forests are being protected.

You may imagine that protected forests are weak forests, but in fact, the beech tree itself is quite strong in a sense, emitting toxins from its roots that kill rivals in the surrounding area.


If you think about it, they are the last champions to survive and thrive....

The beech has the light all to itself, and the only thing that can survive is the bamboos that grow in the dark below.



This one is a little dense with a grove of trees that seems to be mostly Quercus mongolica. Green windbreaker and green forest.

緑のウィンドブレーカーと緑の森 / Green windbreaker and green forest
Nikon D750 + AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

This looks like a twisted loop. To make it stand out from the jumble of trees, I used the AI AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF, a famous large-aperture portrait lens, with a wide aperture.

輪のように見える細く曲がりくねったミズナラ / Thin winding Japanese oaks looking like a loop
Nikon D750 + AI AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF

There was a ghostly Monotropastrum humile growing on the ground. I thought it was a mushroom (fungus), but it was a real plant. As it looks, it does not have chlorophyll and cannot photosynthesize. It is said to be a parasite of fungi.

It is a wonder of nature that fungi are parasitic on plants and this plant is parasitic on fungi.

ギンリョウソウ (銀竜草) / Monotropastrum humile
Nikon D750 + Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

The pattern of lines created by standing and fallen Quercus trees.

ミズナラの森 / Forest of Japanese oaks
Nikon D750 + AI AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF

Finally, the beech of the title appears. The reason why my photos of beech trees are limited is because the area where beech trees grow is not that large. When I see this majestic figure, I wish it were more widespread in the forest.

ブナの大木 / Tall Japanese beech
Nikon D750 + AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
ブナの大木 / Tall Japanese beech
Nikon D750 + AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

Dandelion and a colias. I think my memory of colias as a child was more yellow, but maybe I misunderstood different species.

タンポポの花とモンキチョウ / Dandelion and eastern pale clouded yellow
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR
タンポポの花とモンキチョウ / Dandelion and eastern pale clouded yellow
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

It seems to be a member of the ladybug family, but I can't find the name of it even after researching.

A Google image search did not turn up anything.

謎のテントウムシ(未同定) / A ladybird (unidentified)
Nikon D750 + Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

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