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Twinkling Firefly, Yatoyama Park


Last week,I tried to take Firefly photos.
Middle of June is time for Firefly in Japan.
This year,it was earlier than ordinary years.

This is first time for me to take Firefly photos.
So I examined the place where I can take Firefly photos.

And I found Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture.
Here is Zama station.It takes about 50 minutes from Shinjuku by Odakyu line.

Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Yatoyama Park is about 10 minutes on foot.
It is located along Odakyu line raiway.
So visitors have only to walk along Odakyu line toward Shinjuku direction.

I found a manhole designed Sunflower.
Sunflower is flower of city in Zama city. From end of July to end of August,Sunflower is full bloom in Zama city.
This year, I’ll try it. And I like Japanese manhole design. Visitors should pay attention to steps.

 Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

And I found Koshin tower. Koshin worship comes from Chinese Taoism.
This street is called Fuchu high road. Maybe historical place.

Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Here is entrance gate of Yatoyama Park.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Here is a rice field.Yatoyama Park leaves atmosphere of “里山(Satoyama)”. Satoyama is a coexisting environment of human and nature.
From ancient era,Japanese people had been coexisted beside nature. But now, it is getting lose.
In this area, people has been lived from Jomon period(15,000 BC to about 950 BC).

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Interior of house. Old Japanese style.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

I did not know where Firefly appear, I asked park staff and checked that place.
I had plenty of time until shooting,I walked around park.
Park was full of nature. And well prepared. So it was easy to walk. But I recommend to go with easy walk shoes.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Sawtooth oak and Quercus serrata.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Bamboo.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Legend Hill.
It is said that here has a story about Kannon and huge snake.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

This is a place to watch birds.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Small bird.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Well prepared deck.I saw many walkers and runners.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

View from Yatoyama Park. Largest mountain is Mt.Oyama. Steal tower is Camp Zama of US Army.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Small pond.Here are various situation of nature.
And visitors can enjoy them.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

It is time for Firefly.
Can you see first light??

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Firefly began flying.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

I took 1 minutes long exposure each photos. In addition to former photos I took about 20 photos.
And I composite about 15 photos. It is next photo.

Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Yatoyama Park, Zama city,Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

To take Firefly was so difficult. We can’t know where,how,when they appears.And it was so dark.
So I could not take good photos.
But it is no problem.
Because I was so impressed.
Firefly has been keeping on this ceremony to leave descendants from ancient era.
Their life is so short. But they twinkle with tiny body. It made me impressed.
It was twinkle of life.
We have to save this twinkle.
So if you visit here,be aware of below.
Do not spot Firefly with light.(This will also disturb photographers.)
Do not speak loud voice.
Do not use insect repellent.
Do not catch or chase Firefly.

Let’s watch quietly!

And I appreciate to those who protect this park.

Information

After sunset,here becomes so dark.
So setting had to be finished before getting dark.
And do not change focus after dark.
Because finder is so dark that it is difficult to change focus.
Once you decide angle and focus,do not change.
Of course,changing ISO and shutter speed is no problem.
You should find your best setting for your gear and your style.

Tripod is OK.
Firefly begin twinkling from about 19~19:30 until about 20:30.

Open hour:Always
Entrance fee:free
Nearest station:Zama station or Sobudaimae Station / Odakyu Line

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