Machida's beautiful Yakushiike Park has a sizeable plum orchard next to a thatch roof house. I visited in late February but was a little disappointed to find the blossoms had barely started blooming. However there were other attractions that made the trip worthwhile. Pine trees around the pond with snow protection were elegantly photo-worthy. Then I saw a solitary blue heron on a small island. I wasn't the only photographer around - a group of birdwatchers equipped with decorated and intimidating super lenses appeared on the edge of the pond. Those lenses were big enough to see dust on the mites on the bird's feathers!
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