青い宝石/blue-jeweled beauty

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85 thoughts on “青い宝石/blue-jeweled beauty

  1. Hello dear Takami! Sorry I am so late to the party—January has been a bit crazy but has finally settled down. Your kingfisher photos are so beautiful! What spectacular iridescent blue colours on that stunning bird. We love both photos very much. I’d be so thrilled if this were my shot—neither of us has yet captured a great photo of kingfisher as they never seem to stay put for long. Wonderful shots, my friend. Did you shoot these with your fabulous new lens? Very nice work!

    • Hello again dear friend ❤
      As always, no need to apologise. You're always welcome to stop by whenever you feel like it 🙂 ❤ These photos were taken on the 2nd day of the new year. Hubby and I were inspired by you & your partner's adventures. We braved the cold and decided to trek out to the local park. And what surprise it was, to see this beautiful female Kingfisher! It was exciting for me personally, as it was the first time my naked eye could "spot" this beauty in a completely natural environment. Or, perhaps she decided to "treat" me with her presence – I'm grateful 😀 Yes, the shots were made with the new super-duper zoom lens. It was quite a challenge to keep my hands steady, as it's much heavier than what I've been using. Still, it was awesome to be able to get some shots without using a tripod 😀

      Your glorious photos are always an inspiration. Thank you, dear friend! And our best to your partner too 🙂

    • Thank you Christy! A very happy new year to you too ❤
      We caught a glimpse of this beauty on the 2nd day of the new year. Hopefully it's a sign of a great year for all of us 🙂
      Best,
      Takami

  2. Truly a beauty 🙂 Love it – I love birds too, I wish I could take their images, but I am afraid I have to wake up very early to capture their best shots – I do have problems waking up early 😀 – you did great in capturing this beauty!

    • Hello Indah 🙂
      It was a really lucky day, because this was around 15:00 in the afternoon 🙂
      My husband & I were aware that she was one of the resident Kingfishers at our local park, and we waited 2 years to get a glimpse. My husband is not a morning-person either, so it was a big help that she decided to show herself in the late afternoon 😀

  3. What an absolutely stunning little bird Takami, and you managed to capture it so clearly in the second of the two shots (though both are great) that I feel almost like I could reach right out and touch it. Just beautiful.

    • Thank you Mr. Paley! And Happy New Year 🙂

      I’m delighted you had a chance to stop by today. As you may already know, this bird is a kingfisher, and while I knew for some time that we had some ‘resident’ kingfishers living in our local pond, it was the first time I could see one with my own eyes. What a thrill it was, to see this beauty. I felt my hands shaking from pure joy (and excitement). It was the perfect way to start the new year, and I felt it was a good omen.

      • To tell the truth, I didn’t know it was a Kingfisher, so thank-you very much for the identification. Sadly, after researching it, it appears unlikely that I will ever see one here in Canada, so I am even more grateful to you for your excellent captures that have allowed me to see something so closely that I might never have seen otherwise. A good omen indeed my friend.

    • Hello Hien-san,
      Happy New Year!
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It means a lot 🙂 This beauty is a ‘resident’ of our local park. While I was aware of her (and her partner’s) presence, it was the first time I had a chance to see her in all her glory with my own eyes. It was a perfect way to start the new year 🙂

    • 返事遅くなって申し訳ありません!何故かスパムフォルダに入ってしまったようです(><)この日やっとやっと憧れのカワセミ(!)に出会いました☆とっても嬉しかったです(^^)

  4. Ah, what fitting, beautiful photos for this National Bird Day (I just learned that from another blog; sorry I didn’t know it on my own). 🙂 Love that gorgeous blue in that bird’s feathered body. So sweet and nice to look at on this cold day — thank you, Takami! Have a wonderful Wednesday. 🙂

    • Thank you, dear Deb! I wasn’t aware of National (international?) Bird Day, so it was fun learning something new. This was a female Kingfisher. I knew there was a pair of resident kingfishers at our local park, but it was the first time to see one of them – a real beauty! – with my own eyes. It was the perfect way to begin the new year 🙂 Thinking of you, and all your furry friends too.

      • Thank you, Takami! I just learned from another blogger that the 8th of January is always “national (international?) bird day.” 🙂 I didn’t know that! These kingfishers are exquisite. I’ve never seen one up close and personal before, but your photos make me feel as though I have. I’m so glad you got to see them in your park and take photos — what a wonderful way to start 2016!

    • Hello Bob,
      Happy New Year!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. It means a lot, coming from a well-respected and veteran photographer like you 🙂

      As you know, I’m no bird expert, but I happened to know that this was a female Kingfisher. As she (and her partner) were residents of our local park. Hubby and I waited a long time to get a first glimpse (2 years!) and it was a perfect way to start the new year.

      • I am not a border either nor am I an authority on plants and flowers. I do a lot of research to discover the names and species of both birds and flowers. Still they are all beautiful and fun to capture as best as I can. You do a wonderful job with your photographs

    • wakasahs15th様☆
      こんばんは!こちらこそ、いつも温かい励ましのお言葉をいただきありがとうございます。この日やっとやっと憧れのカワセミに出会いました☆ほんっとに嬉しかったです(^^)

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