We visited the Oze National Park recently, and visited many parts of the park including Mt Taishaku which I have already posted about. The subject of todays post is the lush green forests in the area known as “Buna daira”. “Buna” is the Japanese beech tree (Fagus crenata), and a daira is a flatland.
The first place we stopped at was a walking trail at Nanairi through a rather nice forest to some cascades. Part of the trail went alongside some giant power cables which detracted from the serenity somewhat but once in the forest again there was a lot of very nice Japanese forest to admire.
Our next stop was a 2 minute walk to a lookout to Moukake Falls. The falls tumble out of the forest and are quite dramatic. Following this brief stop, we found a trail alongside the Moukake River, upstream of the falls, and the forest here was really nice. I spent a few hours simply enjoying the forest, the bright green of the early summer foilage unlike any shade of green we see in the Australian bush.
Another interesting find was a completely white flower which later research revealed to be a Ginryousou (Monotropastrum humile). Apparently it lacks the chlorophyll of green plants hence its white colour.