Have you ever heard of Corydalis Ambigua ?

by Kazu

"Comfort Forest Park", can I say in English?
This is "IKOI no MORI in Urausu Town.
White-crowned mountains can be seen over the field.
The field has already been cultivated for raising veggies.
The park has URUSU Shrine at the corner. It can be reached from the roadside station "Tsurunuma" beside the Route 275.
The park seemed to be well-maintained and some families were playing catch on the turf.
Squirrels were here and there on this turf and eating the seeds of horse chestnut trees. Some seeds were starting to germinate on the ground and taking roots.  The seeds looked like
These are the plant of Corydalis Ambigua, " Ezo Engosaku" in Japanese. The ambiguity of the blue or pale violet color made the field like an illusion.
This is the field covered with the plants. Under the trees without leaves, the plants allured many bees with its plenty of honey inside the flower. It may be the best strategy to increase  the number of the species.
Before other kinds of plants has grown, the plants shows the best of their life and intrigue various kinds of creatures.
Can you see the surface of the field is covered with the flowers of pale blue or violet ? It was so nice to see the flowers in the calm forest with my wife.
Each flower is not so large but the clumping plants make another world of silence like a dream.
Dogtooth violets were also blooming in the area of "Corydalis Ambigua". It is said that the seeds of Dogtooth Violets wear so much fat and quality carbohydrates that the ants around the plants carry the seeds to their nest under the ground.That is why this plants are in full bloom in a certain area.
A few families were taking photos of the flowers other than us. The calm forest looked like a field of deity.
It is very interesting to imagine that the flower garden is the work of the ants in this area. I  have never seen such diligent gardeners in the nature.
As many bees were collecting honey from this flowers, please do not keep them from collecting their sweets while you watching the field.  It can be seen until the middle of June.
Good job, ants!

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