川背美(かわせみ)/flying sapphire

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84 thoughts on “川背美(かわせみ)/flying sapphire

  1. Hello dear Takami! I’m sorry I’ve been away from WordPress for so long! Although I haven’t been signed-in to write comments, I have seen all your beautiful posts. This photo is truly exquisite! I’d be over-the-moon if this were my shot! You captured the iridescent colours and markings in the plumange perfectly. Excellent work, my dear friend!. Hope all is going well for both of you! ~ Jeannie :))

    • Hello dear Jeannie! Same here, so sorry for being late to reply to your lovely comments. Like you, I’ve been away from WordPress and “the computer” – trying to live life in real-time. I may sound soooo “out-dated” but my goodness, even while offline, there never seem to be enough hours in a single day! (But I’ll save that rant for another email, haha :))

      Thank you for your generous comments. Photographing Kingfishers have been a dream come true. I have been very fortunate to make some amazing bird-watching friends (some of them award-winning photographers themselves) at the local park. It’s really amazing that we can support and encourage each other. My “boasting point” (if I may…!) is that like you, I shoot photos without using tripods or sighting devices. And you know how challenging that can be, especially when using bazooka lenses 😀 But it is so gratifying when the birds grace us with special moments.

      Okay, this comment is far too long. I do promise to write as soon as I can (so much I want to tell you). In the meantime, our best to you and yours, and hope your enjoying the summer months in your beautiful town.

      Best,
      Takami

  2. Such a beautiful photograph! I won’t be surprised if the Kingfisher lets you come close soon 🙂 He probably got used to you camera. What a delightful experience seeing this amazing bird. xx

    • Thank you dear Inese ❤
      This Kingfisher was quite "friendly" – I think he is accustomed to seeing many photographers admire his beauty 🙂 I am so happy to share this moment!

  3. Someday WordPress is going to have to come up with a “Love” button, because “Like” is simply too much of an understatement in cases like this one. Absolutely beautiful my friend.

    • Thank you my friend! I am humbled by your kind words.
      Spring is still taking her time arriving here, but she is definitely on her way! I hope you are doing well and enjoying your beautiful city.

      • A park-full of cherry-blossoms erupted just yesterday, so I guess Spring is finally making her presence known here. Since I’m still unpacking, I didn’t have my camera available to capture the momentous occasion, but hopefully I’ll still get a shot or two before they’re gone.

        • The cherry blossoms reached their peak here too! You can imagine the crowds of both locals and tourists alike 🙂

          I look forward to seeing your photos and hope the unpacking goes as smoothly as possible.

          • I’m just hoping I get a chance. The day after they bloomed, we went right back to torrential rain and blustery winds which are still hanging in here. I keep praying that those blossoms aren’t quite as fragile as they always appear.

    • Thank you Kathy! As you know, it’s a real challenge to capture Kingfishers in flight (they are so quick!). It was a real exciting moment – and he is such a handsome bird 🙂

    • Nasuko様
      こんにちは!コメントありがとうございます。返事が大変遅くなり申し訳ありません。カワセミは本当に綺麗ですね!数か月前から、野鳥(カワセミ)撮影にどっぷりはまってしまいました(笑)

  4. こんばんは(●^o^●)
    またまた素敵なカワセミの1シーンが登場ですね(^^♪こんな風に撮りたいです(^^)/カワセミの漢字名も初めて知りました(^_-)-☆

    • wakasahs15th様
      こんにちは!返事が遅くなり申し訳ありません。コメントありがとうございます。ため息が出るほど美しいカワセミのコバルトブルーの羽根を見て「川背美」とあててみました(*^^*)近々、又カワセミの写真をアップしたいと思います(笑)

    • AshiAkira様
      こんにちは。ご訪問いただき、誠にありがとうございます。神業なんてとんでもありません!でも、写真を気に入って頂けて本当に嬉しいです。感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。

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