Okay, this is an absolutely terrible photo, but I will keep trying until I get it right. This is the perfect opportunity (and reason) to learn how to properly focus my camera on what I actually want to portray – rather than just randomly point and shoot and occasionally get lucky. But, as it is the most exciting thing going on in my life right now, I can’t contain myself. I need to share it NOW!
I was chatting with a neighbor the other night when, all of a sudden, she discovered a little hummingbird laying on eggs in the giant magnolia. Imagine that; one of the smaller creatures frequenting our yard, nesting in the largest creature of them all. Mesmerized, we watched her for a little while, until we felt bad about the probability that we might be disturbing her. And yet, I can’t seem to leave her along completely. I like to go out front, coffee in hand, and sit on the steps and wait for her to take a snack break.
She was very strategic in where she built her nest. There is a massive, blooming fuchsia about 5 feet away from her. Fuchsias, of course, turn to ugly sticks in the winter, and for as much as I don’t appreciate its winter presence, from the end of April to first hard frost, it’s a non-stop hummingbird buffet. She’s a smart one, my little hummer… Just in case she might occasionally like a hit of her favorite junk food, I moved the hummingbird feeder from the backyard and planted it in front of her, as well.
Anyway – again – forgive the crappy photo. The way she has positioned herself she faces east, and is illuminated by the morning sun. Mornings are the best time to try to eternalize her. Once she is shaded by the leaves, it gets pretty dark in there. I snapped this picture on my way to work today. If it weren’t for the fact that I was running late, I would have kept going, until I had a decent shot. Alas, there will be more mornings… if I ever get that perfect shot, I will be sure to show you. More to come…