生と死/life and death

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75 thoughts on “生と死/life and death

  1. These are moving photos – a reminder of the eternal circle of life and our connectedness with the world of nature.

    • Thank you Indah. I was hesitant to post this photo series, but wanted to ‘honour’ all lives, of course even ‘small’ ones like these baby ducks. I’m very touched by all the kind comments.

    • Thank you very much for your warm comment. I’m honoured if these photos could touch you. These little ducklings reminded me to appreciate life, all aspects of it. Wishing you a great weekend ahead.

      • I know what you mean. I was so upset for three days to learn that the two eggs of a mother hummingbird — whom I had been watching for a while, and had eagerly been waiting for the hatching of — did not hatch, and she not only left the nest after that, but the garden she had been nesting in as well. ;(

  2. Takami, this is a beautiful depiction of the natural process of life. Life and death—to me, it is really life and another stage of life. It’s all a natural part of the continuation of all of life. There is so much more to life than meets the physical eye. For me, death is simply the label we give to our own process of metamorphosis and transformation. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” ~ Richard Bach. Do not be sad, my friend. I believe this sweet little creature has lived the life it was meant to live in this beautiful thing we call the cycle of life.

    • Thank you Jeannie, for your thoughtful comment. It means a lot. As you say, there is so much more to ‘life’ than we’ll ever be aware, and that ‘death’ is part of that cycle. Again, as you say, it ‘is simply the label we give to our own process of metamorphosis and transformation.’

      I admit, I was very emotional when making these photos. But at the same time, I’m honoured that I could be there at that moment, and learn an important lesson from these baby duckies. I’m also glad I was there to inform the zookeeper, so that the little one could be taken away with quiet dignity.

      Thank you again, for your comment ❤

    • Nasuko様
      こんばんは。いつもありがとうございます(><)
      ブログに載せるか最後まで悩みましたが、心に従って載せることにしました。皆さまから温かいコメントを頂けて本当に嬉しいです。

  3. How you embraced both ends of the spectrum of Life, Takami, so beautifully done. Although the second I saw the second shot my Heart felt so sad, the tenderness of your hand (I think) is what really touched my Heart deeply. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

    • Thank you Amy ❤ These photos were made just minutes apart from each other. These mandarin ducks were born at my favourite zoo, and I felt a strong urge to visit the zoo on this particular day. No one else seemed to notice that one duckling was motionless in the pond (as all his siblings were moving around, making quite some noise) and I consider myself fortunate to be there at the right time. I called the zoo on my mobile, and one of the zookeepers came right away to gently take the little one away. Her hand is photographed in the second shot. We both shed a tear, and I'm grateful for these little ducks, for reminding me of the beauty and brevity of life.

  4. Wonderful photos in the sense of seeing two extreme situation ~ the first shot, absolutely precious and the second shot of piece of reality that brings sadness. Both shots powerful, and made even better by contrast. Well done Takami ~

    • Thank you so much Noelle. I admit, I became very emotional when making these photos. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post or not, but I wanted to honour the ducklings, and of course, Life.

      Warm wishes,
      Takami

    • Hello dear Lucy ❤
      Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, as you say, in Life, we must confront and accept both aspects. These little ducklings reminded me of that, and I'm grateful for their lesson.

    • 金本様
      こんにちは!いつもありがとうございます。
      動物園でオシドリのヒナが生まれたので昨日会いに行ってきました。写真撮影中、残念ながら一羽死んでいるのを発見しました(><)改めて、生き物の生と死について考えさせられました・・・

    • wakasahs15th様
      こんにちは!いつもありがとうございます。
      昨日は久々の晴天だったのに、今日からまた雨の日が続きそうですね。今年も大好きな動物園でオシドリのヒナが生まれたのでこれはシャッターチャンスだ!!と思って会いに行ってきました。巣立ちしたばかりだったので体はまだ小さく、親の後をちょろちょろついて行く姿は可愛くてたまりませんでした。しばらくすると一羽が死んでいるのを見つけ、早速飼育員の方に来てもらいました。(←2枚目の写真です。)写真を撮りながら思わず涙が溢れてしまいました(><)

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