Monday, July 11, 2011

A hummingbird gaze


 you come briefly
fleetingly
dipping your face
into sweetness

barely a moment
to pay me heed

you drift over
bouquets of beauty
seeking the gold
that lies within

and
 with your thirst assuaged

 you retreat
from your bloom



briefly
to my window
gazing in

as if
to say

hello

: : :

My hummingbird population seems to have exploded the last few days.  
Several were arguing and chasing each other about in my garden.  
After one was chased off, the last little guy/gal flew directly to my window
and hoovered there at least 5-7 seconds, looking in at me.
Or his reflection. 
  I didn't want to scare him away 
and yet I wanted to change my lens.  
Sadly, I capured no shot of him as we
stared each other down.



49 comments:

christinemyoung said...

wow ~ the last shot is so powerful :)

have you seen the pbs documentary on hummingbirds? your shots reminded me of it.

beautiful

ELK said...

these are so amazing .. what vibrant colors and looks to be a yummy snack..I think s/he is saying thank you in the last photo

TheDayleigh said...

My gosh Reena, these are AMAZING! They look like something out of a magazine!

Catherine said...

I think sometimes you have to take those moments and enjoy them rather than always looking through a camera lens. Your shots are wonderful Reena! I've never seen a real hummingbird but I sure would like to!

Fantastic!
xo catherine

Jill said...

You have out done yourself, Reena. The colors...beautiful! Your prose..wonderful! I'm in awe.

texwisgirl said...

i love their 'fish scale' backs. so neat!

Tammy said...

Lovely. Love the colors and sofness.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Awesome photography!!

Barbara Shallue said...

You have some amazing shots - love that last one! The colors are glorious!!

Barb said...

The color is amazing and your description just right! I have never captured a good photo of a hummer - I'm jealous!

Jillsy Girl said...

that last one is very intriguing! just love those little guys!

Patricia said...

Just absolutely beyond beautiful.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Uber amazing, Reena. You are the hummingbird whisperer. ;)

faye said...

So far I have two hummingbirds that appear
for a nano-second.. if they see me or sense
movement then they are away in a flash..

Sylvia K said...

Exquisite, captures, Reena! What gorgeous hummingbirds! These really took my breath away! Absolutely superb!!

Sylvia

rebecca said...

now my day is complete!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

They must be wonderful to watch.

forgetmenot said...

Reena, these are incredible shots!!! How fortunate you are to have hummingbirds "humming" around your place. Even better when you can take amazing photos like these. Great!!!! Mickie :)

Henrietta said...

So amazing shots. You have there such a beautiful birds. I so envy you:)

NatureFootstep said...

I love the small fellows. Even if they can be hard to catch. :)

Phil said...

Great hummer images MM. Wish we had those creatures in the UK.

Ruth said...

Extraordinary colors and shots. I'm thoroughly amazed.

Isn't is something witnessing their confrontations and jousts?

Birdman said...

'Whatcu lookin' at?"

Joe said...

Great shots. I love to watch the hummingbirds.

Daryl said...

these are super .. what effect did you use .. was it Picnik's or Flare's?

libbyquilter said...

wonderful shots and the last one a photo blessing~! thanks for sharing your images, your words, and your blessing.

:-)
libbyQ

elizabeth said...

ok thanks to you I asked my hubby if he ever saw any hummingbirds in our yard -
he has so now I am off to find a hummingbird feeder and food - your photos inspired me!!!! have a wonderful week

Gods Little People said...

Reena, now you're just plain showing off LOL LOL
Those are U N B E L I E V A B L E - and how eeriely vivid! I love hummingbirds and would just love to see one - never experienced it. Love my little hummingbird nest which a sweet blogger once sent me. I love small things and I can't quite fathom the size of a hummingbird nest.
Thank you for sharing - I'm blissed out!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots! Just stunning...

Dyche Designs said...

Wow, you captured some amazing shots. It's so hard to get a decent shot of them because they're so darn fast.

Cedar said...

These are incredible! So fun to have them in your own yard! The last three are particularly intriguing to me! Gorgeous shots!

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Fantastic photos, lovely bird.

CherryPie said...

A delightful set of photographs and beautiful words to go with it too.

Dawn said...

Absolutely incredible captures! Your blog is beautiful!!

Deanna from Snippets from Springdale said...

Oh thank you so much for visiting my blog and for introducing me to yours. Oh I am in awe of your hummingbird images, there was one flitting about my garden last week, I took 58 shots, and not one came out...

Debbie said...

wonderful, wonderful photo's!!! i too have been chasing a hummer. i have taken hundreds of pictures and could only share a few on my blog!!!

thanks sooooo much for the visit & kind comment. it looks like we have a lot in common, it's going to be fun to follow along.

you had me with your flip-flops and bike.

Mental P Mama said...

Glorious!!

Jennifer Richardson said...

aMAZing shots...I can practically see
his little heartbeat!
What a beautiful wonder...thanks.
-Jennifer

Roan said...

So far, I've only seen one hummingbird at our feeder. He's too quick for me to get a shot. In, out, gone. These are really nice shots!

Fjällripan said...

Fantastic photos, very well done! :)

mrs mediocrity said...

wow, these are fabulous! i love that funny little chirping dance they do when they are fighting, it always makes me laugh! For some reason I am only seeing the males this year...
You got some really great shots!

Genie said...

He is my 40 year old “baby” and he misses this old farm so much. Lives in Richmond so comes here to Lexington overtime he and Patricia can get away. The creek is the nature love of his life. He is so good to me, and I adore him. Night-Night...Genie

Evelyn said...

A gorgeous series of photos!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Amazing shots!! I'm not sure if my feeder is being visited by these guys are evaporating in the extreme heat!

Pat said...

I'm playing catch up - so many blogs to visit! I'm glad I didn't miss yours! Great photos!

Shannah said...

Breathtaking!!!

Linda Makiej said...

I have never been able to capture hummers around here - your shots are WoNdErFuL!!!!

Chrissee said...

Love the third to last picture! It's gorgeous. The colors just pop and the hummingbird is amazing. Never seen one up close like this.

Teresa Schmid said...

How wonderful!