I think that we all have experienced days when we feel so blessed, we shake our heads and wonder what exactly we did to deserve such a fine day!
Such was today! Late this morning, Michelle and I went outside and washed the awning of the camper. We are trying to do those picayune little tasks that should be done as regular maintenance, but seem to slip by year after year.
After we finished up, I decided to have a go at finding hummingbirds….yesterday I mentioned that Ben noticed one in the jewelweed that grows near the drainage ditches. I grabbed the camera and walked slowly towards the ditch from behind the camper. And, what should I discover? YES! A little hummingbird was making the rounds, visiting each and every flower! I took several pictures, but these are the best. I was working with a telephoto lens completely supported by…me, alone. Note: BUY A MONOPOD SOON!!!!
Please click on each picture to open it up so you can see the little hummer more clearly!
I especially love the picture below. The little fellow was keenly aware of my presence, but was too busy to be interrupted from partaking of nutrition! I was standing about 30 feet away from my tiny subject, so was thrilled *any* photos turned out!
The picture below shows how these little birds kind of “dive” deeply into “throaty” plants.
After finishing up taking pictures of the hummingbird, and feeling so fortunate, I noticed a bird flying overhead…..the red of this bird was so “electrifying”, it nearly took my breath away!
I scanned the tree a few feet in front of me, and there he was! Not a cardinal, but even *more* intensely colored, was a beautiful male Scarlet Tanager. He sat there perching, and looking down at me.
Again, please click to blow these pictures up to see them in their glory!
In looking at this tanager, I thought it would be more fitting in a jungle scene. The funny thing is, I looked online and discovered these brightly plumed creatures of the air do indeed live in South America, making their way northward in April and May!
As I stated previously, I am blessed!