Photo of the week

I haven’t posted a favorite photo for a while – but I finally made time to work with a few of the photos that have been piling up, and here’s my current:

Hummingbird at lemon flower

This hummingbird zooms between our back garden and the deck feeders. I sit out back, hen on lap and reading a book, with my camera turned on. Hummingbirds dart around so quickly that you need every advantage you can take. I was so happy to grab this photo of him getting nectar from a flower on our lemon tree. The light was low, and although I loved his pose the photo was a bit grainy. Instead of getting rid of the noise, I used paint and other image tools to emphasize it.

Did you take a special photo this week, or make a drawing or other piece of art?


Hummingbird Happiness

What’s your favorite bird? I admit that I can’t ever get enough of hummingbirds. They’re so amazing and so unlikely. The smallest birds in the world, and the most expert hoverers.

Hummingbird hovering

Fast and feisty, flashing iridescent feathers as they perch for a moment before zooming away.

Hummingbird wingspreadWe spent a wonderful day in our friend Joan’s garden. The hummingbirds were dancing from feeder to flower, pausing in the orange tree, then back for more nectar. When photographing hummers, I’m most thrilled at capturing those magical moments when they’re zipping past …

Hummingbird in flight

or hovering for a moment …

Hummingbird flying

or feeding from flowers.

Hummingbird feeding at flower

There’s a towering flax plant in Joan’s garden which the hummingbirds just couldn’t get enough of. Hovering to drink…

Hummingbird at flax flower

Curving down to drink …

Hummingbird at flax flower

Even drinking straight on!

Hummingbird at flax flower

A view from the back shows the bright green iridescent feathers.

Hummingbird at flax flower

Finally, after visiting flower after flower on the flax plant, this hummer’s beak was covered with pollen!

Hummingbird and bee at flax flower

Did you notice the other visitor to the flax? See the honeybee gathering nectar at the bottom-right flower, with a bright orange pollen ball on its leg!

What’s your favorite bird? Do you have feeders or flowers for birds in your garden? Do hummers pass through your area while migrating, or stay year-round?