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Clouds over the Tobacco Root mountains, Montana - where I’m at right now

❀✿ Common Japanese Last Names ❀✿

Sato 佐藤
佐 (sa) : help, aid
藤 (tou) : wisteria

Suzuki 鈴木
鈴 (suzu) : bell
木 (ki) : tree, wood

Takahashi 高橋
高 (taka) : tall, high
橋 (hashi) : bridge

Tanaka 
田中
田 (ta) : field, rice paddy
中 (naka) : middle

Watanabe 渡辺
渡 (wataru) : cross, ferry
辺 (be) : area, border

Ito 伊藤
伊 (i) : this, that one
藤 (tou) : wisteria

Yamamoto 山本
山 (yama) : mountain
本 (moto) : base, root, origin

Nakamura 
中村
中 (naka) : middle
村 (mura) : town, village

Kobayashi 
小林
小 (ko) : small
林 (hayashi) : forest

Saito 斉藤
斎 (sai) : purification, worship
藤 (tou) : wisteria

Kato 加藤
加 (ka) : add, increase
藤 (tou) : wisteria

Yoshida 
吉田
吉 (yoshi) : lucky, good
田 (ta) : field, rice paddy

Yamada 山田
山 (yama) : mountain
田 (ta) : field, rice paddy

Sasaki 佐々木
佐 (sa) : help, aid
々 : repeater kanji
木 (ki) : tree, wood

Matsumoto 
松本
松 (matsu) : pine tree, fir tree
本 (moto) : base, root, origin

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Mountain Dust Storm by Wildlife FineArt  

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oh, spring by Danielle Nelson
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Image made with my Hasselblad 500 C/M.

Balsamorhiza sagittata “Arrowleaf Balsamroot” Asteraceae

Tobacco Root Mountains, MT
June 3, 2016
Robert Niese

I recently acquired a new phone with a decent camera! This was especially fortuitous last week when I managed to accidentally stumble upon this huge late bloom of balsamroot without my DSLR handy. These hillsides were still completely blanketed in blooming B. sagittata, while Missoula’s hillsides have all faded in the past few weeks. And for the record, this phone camera has more megapixels than my first DSLR… Weird.