Saturday, August 28, 2010

Up close and personal

As I anticipated, tonight's post will feature a ton of pics. However, because I'm fading fast it will not contain a ton of words...

I focused on the hummingbirds once again while over at Mom and Dad's, mostly because in just a few weeks they'll all be heading south for the winter. So I figure I should enjoy them while I can:

After a while I decided to go stand next to the water fountain so I could keep an eye on both feeders at once. As it turned out, the second feeder was too shaded to really get any decent shots. However, the hummingbirds were so focused on each other that my presence was a secondary concern at best—meaning they had no qualms about flying past close enough for me to touch, much less sitting on the tiger lily stalks that were a whole four or five feet away:

Needless to say, I took full advantage of the chance to take some truly close-up photos:

Trying to look as big and fierce as possible:

"Bring me Solo and the Wookie."

A good look at the adult feathers starting to emerge on this young male:

Trying to keep an eye on the birds coming in from both sides:

Not to mention straight above:

I didn't just stand around photographing hummingbirds the whole time, though. In fact, shortly after I arrived Dad and I went up into the woods so he could show me this pretty spectacular mushroom:

And, of course, I had to add to my Kaylee collection as well. I have a feeling she's going to be rather disappointed when corn is no longer in season:

"Look what I've got, Dad. Go on... take it."

"HAH! Too slow!"

Making sure she puts a safe distance between herself and everyone else:

So nice and crunchy:

I actually took this last one when we were up in the woods so I could photograph the mushroom. It's not the greatest shot in the world, as it's hard to make out Kaylee's features, but I still liked the effect of the afternoon sun coming through the trees behind her:

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful, particularly the sequence of perching birds! The hummy sticking its tongue out is amazing - you don't get to see that often at all.