Yasugawa Fireworks – 野洲川花火大会 – 2015

Our local summer fireworks festival – 野洲川花火大会 – was held on July 25, 2015. Hundreds of people lined the riverbank along Yasugawa Sports Park to watch a 30-minute display of fireworks over the river. Many arrived in late afternoon, lined up to buy food and beverages, and enjoyed some entertainment before the fireworks began at […]

Winter Birds at Yasugawa

Yasugawa (Yasu River) in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, is a short walk from my house. Since the beginning of winter I’ve been spending a lot of time along the river, trying to photograph wildlife, mostly birds. I spent so much time taking photos and trying to learn the names of birds that I fell […]

Nutria at Yasugawa

On February 10, 2015, I was getting ready to leave Yasugawa in mid-afternoon when a nutria came very close and stopped to eat. In the summer of 2013 I saw a nutria in the wild for the first time along the north bank of Yasugawa, the river that flows near my neighbor on its way […]

Great White Egrets

On 22 December 2014 I spent the afternoon at Yasugawa near my home. A chilly southwest wind and a clear sky made the winter light very nice. https://twitter.com/glpjp/status/546953314231808000 At first there was no activity besides a few crows and a kingfisher that flew along the river and disappeared in some bushes along the bank. For […]

Kingfisher in Flight

In a previous post, Waiting for a Kingfisher, I wrote that I wanted to photograph a kingfisher in flight. On Sunday, 21 December 2014, the bird reappeared at its hunting site, and I was able to take a few photos. https://twitter.com/glpjp/status/546628756706574337 This bird typically hunts from a rock along a shallow stretch of Yasugawa a […]