Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Humming right along


I have had difficulty getting photos of these little girls.  They come at full speed, darting here and there and then finally stopping for a moment at my feeder.  Sometimes they will hover but most times, they will land and drink.  Occasionally, a couple of them will fight (in a hummingbird sort of flight-fight way) and dart about so fast I can't keep up.  I rarely see two at the feeder at the same time.  And I don't think I've seen the male of the species.

The last few days, my Butterfly Bush has opened up and they have been enjoying visits to it.

Speaking of butterflies ... I have seen no butterflies except for a little white one so far this season.  Is that normal?  Shouldn't I be seeing more?


This last photo wasn't the best, but I just wanted you to see her shimmering backside.  They are such exquisite little creatures.


Lastly, I'd like to thank ALL of you for your generous comments on yesterday's post.  Your comments were most humbling. 

I'm linking up today with Outdoor Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday.  Go take a peek!

By the way, Rocky Squirrel will be making an appearance tomorrow, so until then friends ....


45 comments:

deb duty said...

Amazing!! I've never been able to get close enough to a hummingbird for a photo. These are both fabulous!

Jane said...

We only have the very small dull brown humming birds here and I have never yet attempted to photograph one. I think you did a wonderful job and your photos show the beauty of these birds.

I've not been out and about much the last two weeks as it has been so very hot, 100F+ every day, but prior to that I had seen lots and lots of butterflies. But they don't like the wind, so if you've had lots of windy days that might be it!

Kathy said...

I to have a hard time capturing them. I did get a few shots one day. I just love the colors of hummingbirds. I think you did a fabulous job capturing them.

Bright blessings,
Kathy

Ali said...

Oh so lovely!!! I applaud you... I have tried to capture them and never had any luck. I didn't even put a feeder out this year, my back yard is sorely neglected!!!! You have inspired me to make another effort... these are just beautiful!!!

Michael Offutt said...

Wow...pretty hummingbirds.

Barbara said...

These are glorious! Thank you for taking them and sharing them. I quit putting a feeder up because I'm terrible about changing out the water. I wonder if Butterfly Bush would grow here. I haven't seen many butterflies, either, by the way.

Misty said...

Very cool. Gorgeous colors! I have never seen a hummingbird actually land and sit still. Both of my hummingbird shots are action.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

These are amazing photos, Reena. Excellent. :)

Judy said...

Oh my goodness, those are amazing shots!

Barb said...

Such beautiful colour! fantastic shots!

Uyen said...

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! These are beautiful captures!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

My hummers are about to break me buying sugar. But I really wouldn't want it any other way :)

texwisgirl said...

those are B-U-T-ful shots!

faye said...

Fantastic ...
just yesterday a co-worker gave me a
feeder, so maybe I can entice a few
of the little guys to pose for me...

Caroline said...

WOW! Amazing photos! Love your blog...

Nikki said...

Your hummingbird images are amazing. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Nikki (Butterfly Rose Designs)

justine said...

wow I have never seen a humming bird in real life, love these shots.

Kanelstrand said...

Oh, what lovely photos! I like the lush green background! I have never seen a hummingbird except on photos..

Pieces of Sunshine said...

We don't have hummingbirds here. The colours are amazing, I'm pleased you included both photos.

Ruth said...

These closeups are truly remarkable, Reena. The colors just send me. But the details in that second shot blow me away. You are really something!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Beautiful photos! I don't have hummers, but there have been lots of butterflies at my butterfly bush.

Catherine said...

I've never seen a hummingbird in real life. They look so exquisite.

I haven't seen any butterflies yet this year. This year I seem to have a lot of really big fat bumblebees. I haven't seen any like this for years. Usually just little tiny bees.

Happy Wednesday Reena!
xo Catherine

Jillsy Girl said...

OH MY! You rocked these shots! I tried to capture one just a few minutes ago, but it came and went way too quickly. And funny you should mention that about the butterflies...as I was sitting out side waiting for some wildlife activity I was staring at our butterfly bush wondering the same exact thing. I've only seen a little white butterfly once or twice as well this summer, none of the normal swallowtails that tend to flutter all over our backyard. hmmmm....

Daryl said...

I was going to leave a wordless comment but the colors in the first photo POP so I had to use words to ask how you do dat?

Jill said...

These colors are breathtaking! Your patience in getting shots of these beauties sure paid off.

Snappy Di said...

These hummingbird photos are just amazing.. So hard to get a good shot of them and the ones I've taken in past years pale in comparison to yours. Any hints on the lens you used and your camera settings to capture these?

Oh and I LOVE YOUR HEADER!!! Serously... it is awesome. LOL Let me know if you should ever require a change. :-)

Snappy Di said...

Oh, and P.S. We also are having very few butterflies, even on our butterfly bush, but the good news is that we have hardly any mosquitoes this year for some reason... weird.

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm in love with that first shot - the colors are gorgeous!

A Rosy Note said...

Oh my, what amazing shots. All the hummingbirds I ever see are just a blur. I never realized how colorful they are :)

T. Becque said...

Nicely done! The colors are amazing!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These are so beautiful! I love all the colors!

julie said...

STUNNING captures...just gorgeous!! :)

Phil said...

Hi MM and I'm returning the complement of your visit to my blog. If your spring and summer is like ours it has been too cool and not enough sunshine for butterflies to emerge. Like your hummers a lot.

Mama Zen said...

Fabulous captures!

Oliag said...

I have several hummingbirds that argue about my feeder alot and I have tried to capture these speedy little things without luck...These shots are fantastic! What lens and settings to you use if you don't mind my asking...

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Reena, these are AH-mazing! What is wrong with the last one? It looks fantastic on my screen. Lovely work!! Wish the hummers would come around here!

Ms. Becky said...

more magic. these are remarkable photos. and thanks for the info about that last shot. you do amazing things with your camera and lens.

Jennifer Richardson said...

hummingbird love
to you
and these brilliant beauties!
-Jennifer

Tammy said...

Pretty little ladies. I like the butterfly bush as a backdrop.

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

What amazing photos! I love it when we catch that one in a million shot..Hope you have time to drop by. Blessings, Debbie

urban muser said...

wow, gorgeous captures here! amazing little creatures.

S. Etole said...

you've shown us her iridescent beauty ..

Kathleen Grace said...

I saw this photo over at Cozy Little House and just had to come say hello. Beautiful photos and I look forward to browsing through the rest of your blog:>)

lisa said...

These are absolute perfection Reena!
I am especially in awe, since I have never been able to successfully photograph one of these little guys.

Kathy said...

I think your hummer photos are super!