寒中お見舞い申し上げます mid-winter greetings

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65 thoughts on “寒中お見舞い申し上げます mid-winter greetings

    • Thank you for your visit and comment! I can imagine your parents’ garden must be lovely! Hope you and all your dear ones continue to stay safe. Your beautiful music is much appreciated 🙂

      • My parents don’t have much fee time for gardening so their garden is mainly grass and shaped conifers hence lots of birds. We have been very fortunate so far and kept safe, thank you for your lovely message 🙂

  1. This is such a beautiful photo and there’s an element of softness about it. Amazing clarity – you can even see the texture of the birds feathers. It is summer over here in Australia so happy mid-season greetings to you and your family. Stay safe 🙂

    • Hello again, and thank you for this lovely comment. This particular type of bird does look very soft and “downy” – I almost wish I could reach out and touch them.

      I hope your summer is coming along well, and that it is not as extreme as it was last year. All our best wishes for the summer and beyond for you and your family 🙂

  2. What a gorgeously cute little bird Takami, and such an expressive capture also. It just looks so settled and snug in your winter cool, all fluffed up. A lovely photo my friend 🙂

    • Hello Matti-san,
      As always thank you for your kind comments. This bird is very tiny and very active. It was great that he posed for one moment-it gave just enough time to take a photo 🙂 Thank you for liking our local birds.

    • Thank you so much, for your comment and visit 🙂 We appreciate your warm concern. My husband and I have been staying safe and healthy, and we do hope you and all your dear ones are staying safe and well too!

      • We are so far. Other than an unusual round of very bitter cold for two weeks. We have had bitter cold in years past here in NE Kansas, but it never lasts more than a few days. I am not sure how the wildlife have survived. Our horses, dogs, cats and chickens have as well. I am glad that finally we are back up to more normal temperatures. It was hard on our old bones as well! -:)

    • Thank you my friend! It was a brisk winters day, but this little guy really warmed our hearts and made it feel like Spring for a few moments 🙂 I hope you are staying safe and warm, and our best wishes to you and yours ❤

    • T Ibara is een professionele fotograaf: Ik zie dat in de tweede oogopslag, als ik naar de achtergrond kijk. Een Nikon doet dat niet automatisch, Sonny ook niet dacht ik … In ieder geval, is zoiets mij nog nooit gelukt … Ook die micro-macro-fotografie, daar kan ik ook zo giftig om worden, want ik weet dat mijn camera het kan … Ik kan het niet en ben al blij, als ik een vlindertje te pakken krijg . . .
      Uitslovers! Pisnichten! Denk ik dan: En laat ze links liggen: En, ik maar hielen likken en blijf hielen likken tot ik er misselijk van word … Maar …, T Ibara neemt soms de kleine moeite, om mijn blog in Holland te bezoeken . . .
      Elfriede * http://www.friedabblog.wordpress.com * Amsterdam * 22-1-2021,17.55 uur … Hollandse wintertijd *

    • Thank you Julie. I hope you are having a safe and good start to the year, despite these challenging times.

      This photo was taken on our first birding adventure of the new year. It was a cold, brisk winter day, but as you noticed, the sun shining through the trees – and the marshmallow fluffiness of this long-tailed tit – almost made me feel that it was indeed Spring 🙂

    • Hello Noelle,
      I love the “fur coat” description – now that you mention it, it does appear that way 🙂 Like you, I love how birds fluff their feathers in the winter. I can imagine it’s so cold for them, but to my human eyes, it looks so charming. I am very glad to hear this little long-tailed tit brought a smile to your face. Hope you and all your dear ones continue to stay safe ❤

    • Thank you, Mr. Hien!
      This photo was taken during the first birdwatching adventure of the new year together with my husband. This particular fellow (called “enaga” in Japanese (long-tailed tit)) seemed quite at-peace and content and really made our day! I think he knew that he was being admired 🙂

    • Hello Tish,
      I’m very happy to read your comment today, and twice happy to hear this is your favorite bird. I am thrilled to learn that Long-tailed tits visit your winter gardens too! These same birds are much loved and admired by Japanese birders and always bring a smile 🙂 As you have stated, they move quite quickly and I was glad this fellow stayed put and allowed me to snap a photo. Wishing you a wonderful day!

  3. Good morning Takami! When I saw this picture just now on my WordPress feed, the first thing that jumped out to me was the soft colors. It would make a great large mural/ wall poster. 🙂 Gives me a quiet soothing feeling. Little does that little bird know his picture has traveled 1/2 way around the world. Take care! DM

    • Hello Doug,
      Thank you so much for your comment! I am delighted to hear this little Long-tailed tit gave a nice soothing feeling. He certainly brought a smile to our faces when my husband and I came upon him at the start of the new year, and we wanted to share the joy. I wish I could let this little bird know that he is being admired on the other side of the ocean 🙂

      As always, your comments and visits are much appreciated. Wishing you and all your dear ones a safe week ahead!

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