Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Morning Visitor

This hummingbird stopped by for a visit, as I was enjoying my early morning garden time. The 'Cut and Come Again' Zinnias seemed to be the main attraction .


I get a lot of hummingbirds in the garden! And since I don't know much about them, I did a little research at hummingbirds.net . I think this a female of a species called Calliope, or maybe a Broad Tailed, which is quite similar. Does that sound right to any of you hummingbird experts? It was just a tiny little thing, with shiny greenish crown and back, spotted neck, rusty colored sides, and white on the ends of the tailfeathers.



The red zinnias seemed to be a favorite! Unlike butterflies, they don't seem to mind me getting close enough to photograph them.


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"The stillness of the early morning scene enables me to take in and enjoy many things which pass me by during the bustle of the day...." Rosemary Verey



15 comments:

Nancy said...

Connie, these are incredible photos! Thanks for sharing! Nancy

Andrea's Garden said...

Wonderful photos! I wish we had hummingbirds over here. They are so beautiful. Andrea

Dirty Fingernails said...

Oh WOW!!! To get such clear photos of hummingbirds.. I am so jealous!!! Are you please with your zinnias??

kris said...

I love hummingbirds, and those are simply wonderful photos. How fun just to see them even! Your photo of the sunflower at sunset is beautiful too.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Just found your blog - what a charming garden!!! (The Good, from the good, bad and ugly) If I confessed my ugly...yikes.
So happy tomorrow big daddy is home and has promised to help me all day out there - praying it does not rain! Amazing photograph of the hummingbird - I have only seen one this year.
I'll be back for more inspiration.

Becky said...

That is a great shot of the hummingbird. When I try capturing them with a camera, they are blurred.

The picture of the sunflower is so gorgeous. I'm impressed.

Marc said...

You are becoming quite the professional photographer! You could sell these humming bird photos and your sunflower one to Birds and Blooms!

Great post too.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Great pics of the hummingbirds in your garden! I wish we had them here too. Sigh!

Bev said...

What a fantastic photo! I also planted this mix and they are just forming buds. Now that I've seen yours I can hardly wait. I'll be sure to look for some hummers.

Wicked Gardener said...

And I thought I was doing well getting spiders and butterflies on film! So cool!

Catherine said...

Your hummingbird photo's are awesome, I have tried for years to get a good pic of the hummers that frequent my garden with no luck!! I am envious...;) love your blog...I just started a blog a week ago, with photo's from my garden~no humming bird pic's yet though...:( my link is
http://shabbychiccatsgardencloseups.blogspot.com/

MrBrownThumb said...

Oh Wow,

That's fantastic. I've heard of some gardeners having humming birds in their gardens in Chicago but I've never seen one here in the city.

Although I saw one years ago in California but it wasn't a very good meeting is all I will say.

Barbara said...

What intersting and amazing pictures of the hummingbirds. You were in the right place just the right time when taking the pictures. Great! Unfortunately we don't have them here. Greetings from Switzerland.
Barbara

Connie said...

Thank you all so much for your kind comments! A gardening friend has told me that this is the Broad-tailed hummingbird.

Ki said...

Very nice photos of the hummingbirds. We usually have only one visitor per year that doesn't stay around very long so I have no opportunity to even attempt a photo. My brother in law in NM on the other hand has dozens of different types fighting at the feeders.