One of the reasons I’m having such a hard time posting entries since finishing the series on Bear River is that I’ve been unable to put together a collage of hummingbird shots I’ve taken since mid-June that I’m satisfied with, not to mention being unable to finish an essay on songs from the past that I’ve had on the desktop for even longer.
My favorite activity in June and July when birding generally slows down is to sit on the front porch swing and watch the bees and Hummingbirds flock to the Crocosmia throughout the day. It’s rare that one or more don’t show up within fifteen minutes, and I find it good practice (if somewhat difficult) to just sit still for 15 or 20 minutes. It’s surprising what I’ve also learned about the local crows and terns during those porch sessions, not to mention discovering that a Song Sparrow had a nest in the Cedar.
I’ve posted lots of hummingbird shots since I started this blog, so many shots that I’m finding it quite difficult to get better shots than the ones I’ve already posted. So, this year I decided I would try to put together a collage and not just a series of shots.
Unfortunately, I forgot one critical part of the collage — the background shot. I’m so used to getting closeups of the hummingbirds and the Crocosmia, that I couldn’t find a single long shot of the flowers, and the collage is desperately in need of a better background to tie all the pieces together. I really should have known better because I had the same problem with putting together a collage of Bear River Refuge, but I guess I’m a slow learner. I’ll get better, I promise.
Anyway, I’m not going to be able to move on until I finish this post and the musical post. So here’s the best I could do on this summer’s hummingbird collage.
Trips to distant places may be the most memorable part of summer, but my daily visits with the hummingbirds are what sustain me throughout the summer.