紫陽花と「謎の鳥」/hydrangeas and a ‘mysterious bird’

ギャラリー(6枚の写真です)/a gallery of 6 photos
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63 thoughts on “紫陽花と「謎の鳥」/hydrangeas and a ‘mysterious bird’

  1. Now that’s some amazing photography Takami, a really great gallery. The hydrangea is great, and when I blew up the second picture, the detail was just magnificent. The same can be said for the detail in both the little insects I found. Though that must be some pretty amazing equipment you’re using, your skill at using it is growing in leaps and bounds. I only mean that in the very best of ways because one thing I can say for certain, is I’ve never seen you take a bad shot. That bird you identified as a Red Ibis is certainly beautiful, and I love the clarity of it’s reflection in the water and the way it almost seems to be checking itself out. 🙂 Anyway, thanks for sharing all that, and we’ll catch you next time around. Take care now.

    • Aw shucks, thank you so much David! 🙂
      I sincerely appreciate your comments and feedback, and I agree, it’s so important to learn how to use our equipment properly, and (as strange as it may sound) be friends with our cameras 😀 Thank you so much for making my afternoon!!

    • Hello Maria,
      Thank so much for your comment 😀
      There are so many wonderful photographs of flowers & birds out there (especially yours)…so I was inspired to try, too 😉
      Hope you enjoy the remainder of the weekend!

    • Thank you very much for your visit and comment 🙂 It was also my first time seeing a scarlet ibis in-person. Even in the zoo habitat, he was very noticeable 😉 It seems this type of ibis inhabits tropical areas, such as the Caribbean and some parts of South America… Wish you a lovely weekend too 😀

  2. I like the flowers picture.Kirei na!!!It looks like a bunch of butterflies to me^^Pretty blue flowers.
    As for the bird picture,i didn’t know such bird in red exists!!!!!Mother nature can be impressive,deshou???
    THANKS for sharing such amazing pictures!

    • Hello my friend、お久しぶり!
      Thank you for your nice comments to my photos. Me too, I discovered the red bird when I visit my favourite zoo (same zoo as the white tiger and cute ducks). I agree, Mother Nature is impressive!

  3. Hello Takami, what a nice set !!! the hydrangeas with all this colors, blue, parme and some pink are really beautiful and with a butterfly it is perfect 😉 I have learn recently that is origin is japonese 😉
    The ibis is really great again a great color ! and with the reflexion on the water so cool and I can say the same for the baby bird.
    Have a nice day my dear =-)

    • Hello dear Sophie! Sorry for my late reply, and thank you for your comment. I am happy you enjoyed the photos of the hydrangeas and birds 😀 I hope you have a great day & weekend too! It’s very hot and humid in Tokyo… 😦

      • It is hot also in Paris but we need it because it is few past days we have a lot of clouds and rain and cold, it seems that we were in October;-) So we are lucky 😀
        Humid weather it is hard to endure it, so courage !!!!!!
        Have a nice end of day and a great WE !!!!!

  4. Oh, Takami!

    Your gallery is so beautiful! Thank you for this beautiful dedication–it is truly an honour, my friend. And you couldn’t have chosen better flower subjects as a dedication, as hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers! (And they do not grow as a perennial here in Calgary, as the winters are too cold).

    I love all of your photos. I am also delighted to see a tiny snail (another of my favourite little creatures) on the leaf of the second hydrangea photo. And you even got a beautiful little skipper butterfly (which I also love and have yet to capture a decent shot of!). And, oh, how I love the close-up shot of the hydrangea petals–the petal details are gorgeous and I especially love the colour gradation–from blues to purplish pink (that is what I so love about the hydrangea). Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! And, yes, flowers do make great subjects, but you have conveyed their beauty so well. Bravo! :))

    And the mystery bird reflection in the water is an Ibis! What an outrageously fabulous colour. Beautiful framing on this one–the reflection of the bird in the water is gorgeous. We have an Ibis that migrates to Alberta called the White-faced Ibis, but I have never seen the Scarlet Ibis before–what an amazing colour. You captured it beautifully!

    Wonderful work, my friend! Your gallery is a joy to see and brings a HUGE smile to my face. :)))

    Thank you again for the honour of the dedication. The wonderful thing about this fabulous Internet Age is that we can all share, learn from and inspire each other, no matter where in the world we live. Isn’t it wonderful? Your unbridled enthusiasm and love of life and love of photography inspire ME!

    Have a wonderful day, my friend! :))

    • Hello Jeannie! ❤
      Thank you so much for your positive response, and please excuse my delayed reply. I remembered you were curious about the 'red streak' reflected in the water of my duckie shots, and thought this would be the perfect way to reveal the source 🙂 It was my first time seeing the scarlet ibis, and the bird is even more beautiful in-person!

      Hydrangeas display their beauty each here, and it was my first time to really try and capture it on film (err…digital memory). The little butterfly and snail happened to be there, so again, it was a lot of luck! 😀 I am so happy you enjoyed this series, and thank *you* for always inspiring me!

      As much as I gripe about modern technology, privacy issues, etc… I also believed that the internet can be a wonderful tool (when used properly) to meet new people and discover that in spite of all the problems that occur in the world, there are also many wonderful things about people and our planet 🙂

      I wish you a wonderful day & weekend too!

  5. Beautiful hydrangeas and pretty skipper butterfly. 🙂


    • Chunさま☆


      話が飛びますが、先日念願の「ライオンの赤ちゃん」の写真が撮れましたので近々ブログに載せたいと思います。 😀

      • 孝貞さま
        わたしはテレビでしか見たことありません。撮影されたということはもしかしたら、触れる機会があったのですか。☆ ❤


        • コメントを見落としてしまい、こちらの返事が大変遅くなってしまいました。本当にすみません! m(__)m m(__)m



          • コメントありがとうございます。

  6. Thanks to you I discover Japanese hydrangeas, they are magnificiently blue….
    The birds are beaus. Compliments with the photographer.
    Have a beautiful day.

    • Apologies for my late reply! It was my first time to really try and photograph these beautiful flowers, and I am grateful for the positive response. To me, hydrangeas always symbolise “rain” and the start of summer – probably because it’s the rainy season when they are in full bloom 😀 I hope the weather continues to remain nice across the ocean. It’s very hot and humid in Tokyo 😦

      • You should continue macro shot of flowers, it is such a great way to expand creativity with photography ~ your shots inspire me to want to go out and shoot more macros 🙂

        One nice thing about being in Seattle for the summer (and not Hong Kong) is just what you mention, the humidity. Cheers!

    • Thank you very much! It was my first time to really ‘try’ and take photos of flowers. I never considered flowers as ‘my specialty’ – but it’s important to always challenge & try new things, right? Especially because I am a beginner 😀 😀

      • You can’t never go wrong with flower, they are so beautiful that it will always look good on a photograph, that’s what I always tell myself 😀

        You should continue to explore flower photography, I love the way you take your pictures. It is lovely ! Keep up the good work !

  7. Awwww, Japanese flower ^0^ and the insect turned out so cute ❤ I hope it's the little special duckling who is swimming happily now ^^ no idea what the other bird is though…

    • Hello my friend! Thank you very much for your comment 🙂
      The little ducky is not the “lost duckling” (I will check on that duckling’s status the next time I visit the zoo – hopefully soon!), but he was one of the smallest, yet the most “genki” and full of personality 😀 ❤ The red bird is a 朱鷺 (red ibis?), he is the red reflection you see in the ducky photo 😉

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