新たな始まり new beginnings

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明けましておめでとうございます。本年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。
Wishing my dear friends a very Happy New Year.

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97 thoughts on “新たな始まり new beginnings

  1. Beautiful image of the kingfisher, Takami. Love how its orange body is so striking. I agree with what Randall said, that the kingfisher bird can be like a guide for us moving forward. Hope things have been going well for you. Bit late but never really late – Happy New Year and Happy Lunar New Year to you too. Wishing you and your family all the best this year 🙂

    • Hello Mabel, thanks much as always for your thoughtful comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed spending a few moments with our local Kingfisher. Although it is often referred to as a “blue bird” due to the striking cobalt blue colors of its rear feathers, the belly is a bright orange color, as you have already noticed 🙂

      Thank you for your warm wishes. Although the COVID situation continues to present many challenges in Japan, I am grateful to be healthy, and continue to keep hope that things will improve for us all. I hope you are doing well, and that you continue to take good care❤️

  2. Wow, Takami, this is such a great, crisp shot. The Kingfisher is for me of one of the more regal bird, beautiful and a perfect guide for us in this new year of beginning 🙂 I’m optimistic it’ll be a good year for us. Take care ~

    • Hello Randall, as always thank you so much for your generous praise. I completely agree, the Kingfisher is one of the more regal birds and I always feel more optimistic when I can glimpse one. As you say, they are like perfect guides. I too, keep hope that this year will be a much better one for all of us.

      • I like how you say you always feel more optimistic when you see one ~ I think these are the moments that make nature and our natural surrounding so valuable, it makes us feel stronger and fills us up with hope which is always a good thing 🙂 It is also blogs and post like this which really do reflect the great world and life we live in. Cheers to a great weekend ahead!

  3. Wonderful….In my country we call it: “Martin pescador”. “Martin” comes from Marte (roman god Mars) and “pescador” means fisherman. What is it called in your country? Best regards.

    • Thank you very much for your comment! And for telling me the name of this Kingfisher in your country. Martin pescador is a beautiful name.

      In Japan, we call this bird “kawasemi” (カワセミ) 🙂 As you say, this little bird is a skilled fisherman.

    • rabirius様、
      ありがとうございます!今年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。
      Thank you Mr. Rabirius! I also sincerely look forward to following your wonderful images this year 🙂

  4. A beautiful, peaceful photo, Takami, and a lovely way to welcome what we all hope will be a kinder year. Thank you for bringing the wonder of kingfishers into my life!

    Sending my best wishes to you and your family. 💜

    • Dear Carol,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I also hope that 2022 will be a better year for all of us. Despite the ongoing uncertainty, our local birds never fail to bring hope and I am happy if I can somehow convey that hope through this little blog.

      I sincerely look forward to your writings and life lessons this year and beyond!

  5. A happy and blessed new year to you both from my wife and I Takami. We love your Kingfisher, what is this species called ? Kingfishers are such brilliant and beautiful birds, especially when in flight.

    • Hello Ash,
      Thank you for your warm new year wishes. My husband and I wish a blessed year ahead for you and your wife too. We are delighted you enjoy our local kingfisher. This species is called “kawasemi” カワセミ in Japanese, and “Common Kingfisher” in English:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_kingfisher

      In our humble opinion, there is nothing “common” about this lovely bird’s beauty 🙂 As you say, all Kingfishers are such brilliant birds, especially in flight, and it’s always a joy to catch a glimpse of one.

  6. Wishing you a 2022 full of beautiful birdies, Takami. Thank you for sharing so much loveliness over the years. I have followed your blog via email now so I can stay in touch.

    • Hello Julie,
      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your new year wishes. I really appreciate your warm encouragement over the years and sincerely look forward to staying in touch! Please do continue to take care and stay safe❤️

    • Hello Herman,
      A very Happy New Year to you, and thank you so much for this message of hope. I do pray that things will get better for all of us in the year to come.

      Our very best wishes to you always, and a hug for Jimi too 🙂

  7. A hopeful image, and perhaps there are reasons to be hopeful for the New Year. Sending you and your family very best wishes and may you have many more special bird encounters throughout the year ahead.

    • Hello William,
      Thank you very much for your comment and warm wishes. I sincerely appreciate that you stopped by, and thank you for enjoying my photographs of our local birds.

      I wish you a healthy and happy new year, and look forward to reading your poetry and writings this year and beyond.

      Kind wishes from Japan,
      Takami

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