Welcome to Koyasan

The next stop on my tour of Japan is Koyasan!

Koyasan

Koyasan is a small temple town atop Mount Koya, it is the center of Shingon Buddhism.

Koyasan Pilgrim

Koyasan welcomes pilgrims and visitors alike.

Koyasan Building

This mountain top sanctuary is full of hidden gems just off the beaten trail. We found this building hidden at the end of an old path.

Seated Buddha, Mount Koya

The giant cemetery of Koyasan is a mixture of old and new, this Buddha seemed fairly new…

Koyasan Lanterns

while these stone lanterns seem to be disappearing into the mountain.

Koyasan Monks

We were lucky enough to witness a chanting meditation taking place in the extremely cold river. It was an awe-inspiring experience. Onlookers joined in the chanting, I only wish that I had known the words.

Koyasan

Koyasan is a wonderful place where centuries of religious devotion can be witnessed and honored.

Snow Hippo makes an Igloo

Snow Hippo Getting Ready to Build an Igloo

Greetings, I am the Snow Hippo

Snow Hippo Constructs Igloo

Master of my domain!

Stacking Blocks of Igloo

I use my surroundings to make everything I need, even a winter home

Tiny Blocks for Igloo

Each block of snow is placed carefully to create the perfect igloo

Tiny Hippo Places Last Blocks in Igloo

The delicate work of placing the last blocks does not daunt the mighty Snow Hippo

Finishing Touches on Igloo

Candy canes were added for delicious structural support

Snow Hippo in his Igloo

A job well done, bask in my brilliance!

If you liked Tiny Hippo as the Snow Hippo please click here to see the original Snow Hippo post.

Tiny Hippo Goes Hunting

Tiny Hippos are always on the lookout for interesting new types of fauna. We love the excitement of the hunt, plants are the most stealthy of all game, so silent. While I was visiting Governor Dodge State Park, in Wisconsin, I discovered some great specimens.

Tiny Hippo at Govenor Dodge State Park

I started my exploration at Stephens Falls Trail

Stephen Falls

Stephen Falls is a mossy waterfall that is so very peaceful

Tiny Hippo with Ferns

First off, a relaxing nap with some lovely ferns was in order

Tiny Hippo Hunts a Fern

I found this unique Walking Fern that was very difficult to track, I had to don some camouflage so as to not startle it

Fern and Tiny Hippo

Yet, this tiny fern was not afraid of a wee hippo like me

Red Berries and Tiny Hippo

Hmm… These berries look so good, but mom always told me not to eat mystery berries and I am not sure what these are. Does that mean they are mysterious?

Tiny Brown Mushrooms and Tiny Hippo

If you look closely, you will find all sorts of tiny mushroom friends in the forest

Gem Studded Puffball with Tiny Hippo

These little fellas are Gem Studded Puffball mushrooms, must be very valuable

Tiny Hippo with Mushrooms

You must always keep an eye out for wee mushrooms, they are around every turn

Mushrooms Bursting from Tree Bark

While must mushrooms are very shy, this group was just bursting to meet me

Stream at Governor Dodge State Park

Lost Canyon Trail follows a small stream and as all Tiny Hippos know, streams are the best places to find fabulous fauna

Field Horsetail

Like this Field Horsetail, a silly, ancient plant, that thinks it looks like a field of horse tails

Little Stream at Lost Canyon Trail

When dealing with streams, one must be prepared to cross them

Tiny Hippo Crosses the Stream

Easy does it…

Tiny Brown Mushrooms on a Log

Always be careful not to crush the fauna you are seeking

Huge Yellow Shelf Mushroom

There was no way I would accidentally tread on this big boy

Shelf Mushrooms

These mushrooms looked like stairs, but remember, no trampling the fungi

Tiny Hippo and Shelf Mushrooms

Sometimes, the best way to view them is to climb a nearby branch

Turkey Tail Mushrooms

I like these mushrooms, they look like turkey tails

Cliff Rock at Governor Dodge State Park

While on your adventure, don’t forget to look up once and a while, enjoy the view

Stream at Lost Canyon Trail

Small streams always bring me peace

I hope you get a chance to go fauna exploring this fall. I know that I had a wonderful time and I am sure you will too.