This selection of November photos is in reverse chronological order without any attempt to group them by subject.
On October 14, 2017, I saw a little egret in the canal that runs around my neighborhood. It was hunting by shaking a leg to drive prey from vegetation in the shallow water. As I was returning on foot from a long photo walk, my camera was ready. I was able to shoot a few minutes of video before the bird walked away up the canal.
I also took several photos, but still photography cannot show the egret’s quick leg movements.
Video and photos were shot hand-held with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera and a 40-150mm F2.8 PRO lens.
Music: “Pennywhistle” by Jason Shaw at AudionautiX.com, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
This video is also available on YouTube.
September at Yasugawa (野洲川) begins gently as the hot, lazy days of summer continue. Great egrets and grey herons stand patiently in and along the river.
As the river rises in early September, we see fewer egrets at popular summer locations such under the Shinkansen (新幹線) bridge.
Many egrets gather at the dam between Yasu City and Moriyama City.
Some pursue fish in the river below the dam.
Some perch on the dam and hunt for small aquatic animals.
Some hunt in nearby fields, eating grasshoppers and other insects. Sometimes they find larger prey.
Fall weather begins in early October. Many birds begin to migrate to warmer locations, while some egrets and herons remain at Yasugawa.
On Sunday, October 1, 2017, I rode my touring bike along Japan National Route 1 to Omoigawa (思川) in Iwane, Konan City. The ride out was hard and slow as I fought against a strong southeast headwind, but I enjoyed the emerging fall colors along the small river.
Omoigawa (思川) is now more of a canal than a natural river, but it teems with vegetation and wildlife. Fish attract large birds like this grey heron (アオサギ).
Local authorities in Shiga Prefecture try to educate people about the importance of keeping rivers clean. For example, an old sign explains the relationship between water quality and species of fish and aquatic animals that thrive in rivers.
The southeast wind was so strong that I decided to make a u-turn at Tsushima Shrine (津島神社), only about 11km from home.
As I was resting, I walked over to the nearest bridge, Kamidebashi (上出橋), and saw some Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ) swimming upstream.
I shot one still and some video clips with my little Panasonic DMC-LX9. At home I edited the video clips with Kdenlive on a Fedora GNU/Linux workstation. Editing was minimal. I trimmed and combined clips, added music and titles, boosted color saturation, and reduced brightness a little.
Music: “Drifting” by Jason Shaw at AudionautiX.com, Licensed under a Creative Common Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license.
September is a great month to watch butterflies and other insects on flowers in rural Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Between August 31 and September 21, 2017, I photographed ten species and saw several others while cycling in the countryside near my home.
- Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) – キアゲハ
- Asian swallowtail (Papilio xuthus) – アゲハチョウ
- Indian fritillary (Argyreus hyperbius hyperbius) – ツマグロヒョウモン
- Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) – ヒメアカタテハ
- Eastern pale clouded yellow (Colias erate poliographys) – モンキチョウ
- Common bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon nipponum) アオスジアゲハ
- Small white (Pieris rapae) – モンシロチョウ
- Asian comma butterfly (Polygonia c-aureum) – キタテハ
- Common straight swift (Parnara guttata guttata) – イチモンジセセリ
- Spangle (Papilio protenor) – クロアゲハ
Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) – キアゲハ
Asian swallowtail (Papilio xuthus) – アゲハチョウ
Indian fritillary (Argyreus hyperbius hyperbius) – ツマグロヒョウモン
Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) – ヒメアカタテハ
Eastern pale clouded yellow (Colias erate poliographys) – モンキチョウ
Common bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon nipponum) アオスジアゲハ
Small white (Pieris rapae) – モンシロチョウ
Asian comma butterfly (Polygonia c-aureum) – キタテハ
Spangle (Papilio protenor) – クロアゲハ
Please let me know if you see errors in the photo captions. I have only recently learned the names of some butterflies and flowers shown here.
Most photos were shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera and an M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14. Usually I shoot with Auto-ISO in shutter priority mode. For wide-angle and medium shots I use a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX9 (Japanese-only version of LX10/LX15).