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My Sunday Photo – Insects of Arashiyama

My Sunday Photo for this week is titled Insects of Arashiyama.

Another week, another My Sunday Photo featuring Japan! Get used to it, there’s plenty more on the way. After all, Japan is an extremely photogenic country. Even though I was only armed with a point-and-shoot (admittedly a very good one), I still managed to capture plenty of shots that I was really happy with.

This week’s photos come from the stunning Arashiyama – a small town on the edge of Kyoto. It is well-known for its bamboo grove and monkey park, but there is so much more to the place than just those things. It is a place of stunning natural beauty, the centrepiece of which is a beautiful river running down from the mountains. We had a wonderful time walking around the town (full post coming soon).


The Insects

One of the things that I noticed about Arashiyama was that the place was alive with insects. Not in the annoying, covered in flies way that we experience in Sydney. It was more of a just going about my business deal. There were dragonflies in a thousand different colours, although they proved very hard to photograph…


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It’s up there… somewhere…


I got it!… nope.


The butterflies were a bit slower-paced, and they tended to sit still for a few seconds at a time. I managed to get up close and personal with this little beauty…


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I was almost lying down to take this photo, but it was worth it.

While I was photographing my butterfly friend above, this little fellow hopped on over to say hello!


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He came nice and close, which was lucky for me

Down by the river, I came across this bright little creature…

Is it a moth or a butterfly? I never know the difference


If you want to see more of my (extensive) collection of photos from Japan, come follow @blogofdad on Instagram. Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of my Travelling to Japan With a Toddler posts.


7 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo – Insects of Arashiyama

  1. Hi James, I’ll give you 10/10 for effort for trying to take a photo of a dragonfly. That butterfly photo makes up for the dragonfly for sure, very pretty and worth getting down in the dirt for.


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