The Greek legend of Halcyon tells the tale of a young woman who drowned herself after the death of her husband. The gods, touched by her devotion, returned her to earth as a kingfisher and designated the week leading up to the winter solstice as the ‘halcyon days’, a period where she could construct her nest and lay eggs. We may have missed the solstice (the southern hemisphere marked the occasion on 21 June), but we like the story – and it seemed more than enough justification to celebrate some of Wim van den Heever‘s gorgeous images of malachite kingfishers.
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