Despite spending considerable time trying to get a better shot of a hummingbird, I didn’t manage to get one better than those I got last year.

I guess I could be upset that I wasted several hours, but, truthfully, after two hours at the Y and a half hour walking the dog, I wasn’t up to doing any serious work anyway.

Sitting on the front porch in the sunshine I was reminded just how much activity takes place in the woods across the street. It took me awhile but I finally located this Red-Shafted Flicker

Red-Shafted Flicker

who kept tapping and making very loud calls.

While waiting, I also noticed that a considerable number of wasp visited our prune tree, which seems to host a considerable number of small bugs:


Not all the visitors were winged, either, as this yearling was dining on our fuchsia but exited, along with the hummingbird, when I stepped out with my camera:

Yearling deer

Backlit by the setting sun, I remember why I bought these flowers long before I knew they were hummingbird magnets:


Of course, I also took several hummingbird pictures even if I don’t like any of them quite as much as last year’s pictures:


Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the best shot of the day, when one bolder than usual hummingbird confronted me, eye-to-eye, not more than an arm’s length away, much too close for my telephoto lens to focus on. Picture or no picture, it provided the highlight of the day.

One thought on “Waiting”

  1. I especially like the Crocosmia portrait. That is still one of my favorite plants. I’d like to try to grow some on my porch again.

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