The Blurry Hummingbird

hummingbird vibrant (800x502) hummingbird on esperanza and recovering firecracker darker 003hummingbird on esperanza and recovering firecracker great 010 (800x614) hummingbird on recovering firecracker 011hummingbird in tree 001 (583x800)hummingbird in tree 002 (797x800)hummingbird on pentas 007 sharpened (617x800) hummingbird by firecracker 001 (800x732)It’s not easy capturing a shot of the hummingbird. As you can see from the picture in San Diego, these were hummingbirds in captivity and they rested, had plenty of food, and were safe. The hummingbird(s) in my yard are constantly on the move, but I managed to catch one sitting for a moment on a tree in my neighbor’s yard. I don’t know if there’s more than one, but he was flying under my patio cover, chasing away birds at the feeder yesterday like Mighty Mouse on speed.

The blurrier pictures were taken last night, so low light didn’t help, but also, I was moving the camera, trying to capture him as he was not holding still. The one by the fountain, he was doing a good job, but the chair was in the way, yet it sort of framed him too. And the one above the penta flowers, shows the white band around his neck well. It appears the last two photos are of the same hummingbird. The others could be too. He appears to be green with a white band around his throat, and a bit of ruby red at his throat seen in the blurrier picture where he’s facing us. So maybe a ruby-throated hummingbird.

You can think of the blurry ones as watercolors. I planned it that way. 🙂

hummingbird on esperanza  (541x800)Unfortunately, this really was watercolorish, but you can see the darker blur of him against the vegetation, and here he was actually sipping from the esperanza flowers. They’re tubular, but I wasn’t sure he was sipping from them because they’re yellow. He seems to like the penta flowers, red, and the firecracker flowers, orange. The blurry ones last night are from him drinking from the rescued firecracker from Ace Hardware before it died. It doesn’t have very many flowers, but he was attracted to it anyway. I went back to get another that was left there, but it appeared they’d thrown the rest of the plants out. 🙁

Okay, so far, so good. Went to a chapter meeting, my first, for the area. Really nice group of romance writers. Couple of great speakers. And then was supposed to get together with a friend, but it didn’t work out, so I critiqued chapters for another author, then wrote my word count. So right on track! Today will be busy though. Having the missed date with the friend. We’re supposed to have breakfast now in a couple of hours. Have to figure  out how to get there. And then it’s lunch with my daughter and SIL and Star Trek. Then hopefully I’ll be able to get word count after that. 🙂

So, a wild day ahead. No hummingbird pictures today! 🙂 Have a super wonderful day!


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