Twenty of my favorite 2018 photographs of birds, insects, flowers, and landscapes

Grey wagtail (キセキレイ)
Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea, キセキレイ) at Hatonomori Park (滋賀県 守山市 鳩の森公園)
Japanese white-eye (メジロ)
Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus, メジロ) in a camellia tree at Hatonomori Park (滋賀県 守山市 鳩の森公園)
Veronica persica flower (オオイヌノフグリ)
Veronica persica flower (bird’s-eye speedwell, オオイヌノフグリ) in Yasu City
Tetralonia nipponensis bee (ニッポンヒゲナガハナバチ)
Tetralonia nipponensis bee (ニッポンヒゲナガハナバチ) feeding on Vicia sativa (ヤハズエンド) flowers
Crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum, ベニバナツメクサ)
Crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum, ベニバナツメクサ) at a ground golf course along Yasugawa in Moriyama City
Damselfly (イトトンボ)
Damselfly (イトトンボ) at Omifuji Botanical Gardens in Yasu City
Corn cockle flowers (Agrostemma githago,アグロステンマ)
Corn cockle flowers (Agrostemma githago,アグロステンマ) along Oyamakawa in Omifuji, Yasu City
Blue-eyed grass (ニワゼキショウ)
Blue-eyed grass (ニワゼキショウ) at Hatonomori Park (滋賀県 守山市 鳩の森公園)
Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis, アマサギ)
Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis, アマサギ) at Ten Shrine (天神社) in Moriyama City
Intermediate egret (Ardea intermedia, チュウサギ)
Intermediate egret (Ardea intermedia, チュウサギ) at Ten Shrine (天神社) in Moriyama City
Rhyothemis fuliginosa flutterer dragonfly (チョウトンボ)
Rhyothemis fuliginosa flutterer dragonfly (チョウトンボ) at the Omifuji Botanical Gardens in Yasu City
Japanese black kite (トビ)
Japanese black kite (トビ) over Yasugawa
Old World swallowtail butterfly (キアゲハ)
Old World swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon, キアゲハ) on Physostegia virginiana flowers (obedience, ハナトラノオ)
Pellucid hawk moth (Cephonodes hylas, オオスカシバ)
Pellucid hawk moth (Cephonodes hylas, オオスカシバ) in Minamizakura, Yasu City
Brazilian bellflower (Abutilon megapotamicum, アブチロン)
Brazilian bellflower (Abutilon megapotamicum, アブチロン) in Bodaijinishi, Konan City
Henbit dead-nettle (Lamium amplexicaule) flowers
Henbit dead-nettle (Lamium amplexicaule, ホトケノザ) flowers in Hayashi, Ritto City
Japanese honeybee (Apis cerana japonica, ニホンミツバチ)
Japanese honeybee (Apis cerana japonica, ニホンミツバチ) along Yasugawa in Ritto City
Mikami Jinja (三上神社)
Mikami Jinja (三上神社) at the base of Myokojiyama (妙光寺山) in Yasu City
Vegetation along Yasugawa
Vegetation along Yasugawa in Deba, Ritto City, Bodaijisan (菩提寺山) in the background
Late fall foliage
Late fall colors at Konze no sato (こんぜの里) in Ritto City

In 2018 I learned the names of quite a few flowers and insects, and I began to look more carefully at larger scenes such as woodlands and riverbanks. In 2019 I want to learn more about the natural world and improve my vision and skill as a photographer.

See more photos in my Flickr photostream or one of my Flickr albums.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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