This is the seed pod of a “Mamushigusa” plant.
This is in Autumn. (11/2017)
This plant is native to Japan.
Very similar to Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) .
The roots are poisonous. They contain calcium oxalate (same chemical as in Diffenbachia or dumb cane).
This species was previously known as Arisaema japonica.
Akebia trifoliata Three leaf Akebi
This is known locally as “mountain akebi”. That near rivers is known as “kawa akebi”, and has five leaves. This mountain variety is also thought to be a little more bland tasting. It is said that we can make tea from this plant so I’m going to try it. I’ll let you all know how it is.
Female Green Pheasant 雉 (Nov, 5 2017) Faisan versicolore, Buntfasan
I saw this sneaky pheasant toodling down the road.
She seemed to be in fear and fleeing.
I saw her again in nearly the same location and again she seemed to be fleeing.
As I again slowed and stopped to allow her a less stressful encounter…she stopped.
It was almost as if she were either curious or bating me to follow her, thus leading me away from…
It is actually the national bird of Japan. Did you know that?
It was declared so in 1947.