Monday, August 15, 2011

Hummingbird sentry

oh small one


here you sit

secretly, quietly




alert

























a sentry 
among giants

only to rise to a 
flurry of palpitations

the battle, swift
ferocious
and brief


you take guard again


lonely, solitary work
oh, protector of sweetness

rest
close your eyes
ever so briefly
in your bed
of greenness


66 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

So beautiful. Love the images and the words.

TexWisGirl said...

so beautiful. it's a tough job to be so tiny...

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow. Gorgeous series, Reena!

Saun said...

Awesome, good things come in small packages :)

Dodie said...

Amazing shots.

S. Etole said...

How did you get so close?

Barb said...

What beautiful colours! amazing shot of them fighting!

Ashley Sisk said...

Such a beautiful passage/poem...and beautiful shots.

Ginny said...

Well, you have done it again! Astounded me, that is! AWESOME! Each feather detailed with iridescence, like those of a peacock. The eyes...the green leaf, everything perfect. You are a master with the camera.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Amazing photos, Reena. My mom has a couple of hummers that go at it on a daily basis too. :)

Kathy said...

Superb!

Ann said...

Amazing photos. That hummingbird is gorgeous. I can't believe you had one sitting in one spot long enough to get all those shots. They must love you :)

Sylvia K said...

They are so beautiful and your captures are fantastic, Reena! Wonderful to be able to get shots like this! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sylvia

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I am SO SO jealous of your hummingbird shots!! They are just amazing!! Don't even ask how many I've taken of the hummingbirds here that haven't turned out--Actually I've lost track!

I also loved your squirrel shots and hope that the Skippy Squirrel family is safe in its new home--I would have stayed in your cherry tree, but that's me!! :-)

I hope you've had a good day!!

Margaret said...

I just adore the grey background. It allows the green to just take center stage and I love the composition of the first few... Wow.

Patricia said...

WOW!

Jill said...

These are amazing!

rebecca said...

be still my heart!

Michaele said...

AWESOME! ditto rebecca's comment.

Debi@7Gates said...

Thank you for the up close and personl shots of that little hummer. I have just sit here and studied his little wings and all the colors of green. Just really beautiful how you captured those shots.

Debbie said...

jealous?? you bet!! these. are. amazing!!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The inflight dogfight photos are amazing. I can only imagine that you were rapid firing shots holding the shutter release button down. Very nicely done, and something I'll remember doing in the future...if I am quick thinking enough.

Jazzi said...

Sooo cute!! love that birdie!!

wags
Jazzi

Dianne said...

Beautiful hummingbird and I love the way you put words together Reena!

geetlee said...

ohhh! such beautiful shots. Makes me feel teary. I love little hummingbirds.. and this little fella's little eyelids are so precious!
These are beautiful!

Pat Tillett said...

BEAUTIFUL photos! what color!
We have a feeder right outside our kitchen window. Sometimes there are 2 or 3 standing guard against each other.

justine said...

wonderful words and amazing shots

Lesley said...

This makes me feel emotional- your words and photographs are wonderful!

Dyche Designs said...

Beautiful images, I love hummingbirds.

ladyfi said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Ruth said...

Oh the green . . . in your ever astonishing series of shots.

Woody said...

Nice series, they have great colors.

My longest lens is 100mm, which spooks the little buggers when the shutter actuates. Hmmm, sounds like I have a feeble excuse for a new lens.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great photos! Love to watch these little guys!

Joe said...

Great shots.

Roan said...

You managed some really nice shots of the hummers. They are so quick. I enjoy watching them argue over the nectar.

Mark said...

Your just amazing with that camera, great shots.

Louise said...

Brave and fierce little hummingbirds. It's amazing how ferocious they are, for their size. I just wonder how long it took you to catch that sequence? It's spectacular.

Pam said...

Beautiful photos. I don't think I've ever seen a hummingbird sit still long enough to take a photo of it.

grammie g said...

Fantastic shots...they are so adorable ,but sure can be can be pretty fierce and territorial!!
Grace

Leontien said...

that looks pretty amazing (the last pic)! very good that you could capture that!

Leontien

Daryl said...

You have quite the way with words, my friend. And I believe you aced that wing fluttering shot! Brava!

Scott said...

Reena,
Glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment. I have glanced through some of your recent posts and see that you are a talented photographer. I look forward to visiting again.

Amish Stories said...

I love the green hue on those images, well done. Richard from Amish Stories.

Kamana said...

i dont think i have ever seen one in real life. great shots!

Jennifer Richardson said...

it's as if you've got a front row seat to some secret golden richness
........and you're magnificent with
your camera.
Wow, you look and see SO well!
Beautiful share....thanks,
Jennifer

lisa said...

What a beautiful series of photographs this is Reena!

bon bon said...

he's so pretty. i love the colorful detail in those tiny, green feathers.

Gods Little People said...

Reena, my hat is off. It surely doesn't get more vivid than that. Amazing! You give me great treats with your hummingbird images - love them so much. And the words so sweet.
P.s. I hope squirrel Momma and babies are all safe and well.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful photos of a Hummingbird.

dona said...

We don't have hummingbirds here in Europe. I envy you...
Wonderful photos!

bobbybegood1 said...

Picture Perfect! And green is my favorite color. He/She is GORGEOUS. I have to find other words to describe things, I tell ya. Cheers renna!!

Tammy said...

Beautiful little ladies. Don't you just love how they chase each other around? :)

As for my camera in the kayak...plastic trash bag. Not very scientific, but so far it has worked. I think maybe my "behind the camera" post next week should be about the camera in the kayak.

Catherine said...

Such a sweet wee bird. makes for a happy heart. xo Catherine

fjällripan said...

So adorable!!

Liza said...

I have never figured out where my humming birds perch. I only see them in motion. Wonderful shots!

Oliag said...

They are fiesty aren't they!

Jillsy Girl said...

i love hearing their chirpy chatter up in the canopy of trees. no rest for the weary!

Country Girl said...

These are so lovely.

Hilary said...

Beautiful!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Beautiful photos! I bought a couple of plants to place near our hummingbird feeder this year...one is a fuschia flower that they love. We have 4 or 5 birds and enjoy watching them 'share'! ♥

TexWisGirl said...

congrats on your POTW, dear Reena!

Daryl said...

WOOT .. congrats on the POTW over at Hilary's!!!

Bossy Betty said...

A well-deserved POTW!

Daniel said...

Congratulations on being a recipient of the POTW award. Bravo!!!

Love the story line and images! Wonderfully done. :)

King of New York Hacks said...

Congrats on POTW...Incredible pics.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Beautiful green. Very worthy of the POTW award. Well done.