Water lilies in mid-September

In the middle of September some Water lilies (Nymphaea, スイレン) and other aquatic plants are blooming at the Kusatsu City Aquatic Botanical Gardens (草津市立水生植物公園みずの森). Many of the flowers look a bit tired and wilted, but a few continue to stun visitors with their beauty. Kusatsu City Aquatic Botanical Gardens (草津市立水生植物公園みずの森 I feel very fortunate to […]

Videos of small creatures with a compact camera

At the beginning of summer, 2017, I bought a little Panasonc LUMIX DMC-LX9 compact digital camera. This model has a flip-up LCD screen and enables extreme closeups with a large aperture and a wide-angle view. I have using it mostly for general photography, especially while cycling. As I had hoped when I bought it, works […]

Turtle Doves (キジバト) in Hatonomori Park

On May 28, 2017, a couple of Oriental turtle-doves (キジバト) were mating in Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (滋賀県 守山市 鳩の森公園). https://youtu.be/p_OPTk9JeA4 Earlier a solitary turtle-dove was high in a tree, calling to its mate. As I was looking for small birds, my wife saw the two turtle-doves and called me. I saw them mating, […]

Kingfisher (川蝉)

On March 16, 2017, a female common kingfisher (川蝉) took more than a minute to swallow a fish at Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan (滋賀県 守山市 鳩の森公園). https://youtu.be/WTW2C3Nunyc When I saw her, the fish was head-first in her beak. She repeatedly gripped the fish at different places along its body. Perhaps she […]