Tuesday, September 20, 2011

So long ....

No .... I'm not leaving.  But summer is.

As I was looking out my window the other day, I happened to notice these beautiful red leaves perched at the top of my redbud tree.  Just a couple.  All the rest of the tree is still quite green.  Just one more reminder that change is coming.  The leaves are beginning to say their goodbyes.


A few others have also begun to say goodbye.  Over the last week, I had not seen any hummers.  And then, just a little bit ago, one flew by checking out the feeder.  

Only an instant.  
And then she was gone.



I will miss them and all their flurry of activity.



Some of you have been so lucky to have captured the males and their ruby throats.  
I only saw one a couple of times but never got a good photo.


But I always enjoyed them sitting outside my office window on my butterfly bush. 



Waiting.  Watching.  Protecting.


I will miss them.  

Safe travels, little ones.

See you next Spring.

: : :


~ sharing with ~
World Bird Wednesday

57 comments:

Tara said...

Gorgeous photos, the photos of the birds are stunning.

CherryPie said...

I always find your humming birds delightful. I shall miss them over the winter too.

Sandra said...

so beautiful in the first shot the colors are stunning to me. and the amazing little birds are so cute.

Hilary said...

Beautiful little things, they are. I'll miss them too. I only see them up at the cottage and they were already gone from there the last visit. Wonderful photos of these little gems.

Nita Davis said...

I would never get any work done if I could gaze out the window at hummingbirds all day. Beautiful shots!

lisa said...

I will always remember this summer as the first summer I was able to capture a hummingbird. I will miss them to. Even if they do elude me most of the time!! :-)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

The females might not be as "showy" as the males, but they do alot more work raising the babies and are less visible, I believe.

Gorgeous little girl -- and yes, I'm sad to see summer end too.

Ginny said...

The leaves are awesome! And the little hummer...you have captured her emerald beauty perfectly! I hear they migrate maybe thousands of miles? I love the poses, she is truly posing for you!

Jill said...

Just beautiful!

bobbybegood1 said...

We all must face change. No one finds change more demanding than me. Be that as it may, I am really trying to accept change as wonderful opportunities. I love to experience all seasons. I love the earthy colors of Autumn, the stark black and white (barely nothing) of Winter. It's as if she is laying her sould bare for us to see. The Earth teaches us a thing or two about living this time of the year, and that is reflection, relaxation, introspection. I love it. Of course it jives right up there with the inert side of me. Cheers renna!!

Sylvia K said...

What an exquisite little one he is! Beautiful captures! We're seeing those little signs here and there, too. And even though we're having some gorgeous weather today and for the next few, there is still that hint of change in the air, a tad cooler early in the morning. Even though we've had more than our share of gray and gloomy this summer, the changing seasons still bring their own special beauty in sometimes small, but wonderful ways. Hope your week is going well, Reena!

Sylvia

S. Etole said...

Such bright red leaves you have to look forward to. And the return of the hummers in the spring.

My Journey With Candida said...

I love hummingbirds and you got some great shots of them.

I am sad to see summer go. I don't mind fall, but WINTER... I am not a fan of it.

Friko said...

These photos are quite beautiful enough for me; I'm green with envy.

Ed Pilolla said...

love your thoughts with the passing of the seasons. your backyard sounds like a cool place to keep an eye on:)

TexWisGirl said...

so beautiful. we still have all of ours here, and i'm waiting for the flurry to arrive as more head down from up north. :)

cristina munteanu said...

Great shots! amazing hummingbird!

Ashley Sisk said...

I welcome the change, but I'll miss the daylight. Booo.

Bob Bushell said...

Yea, bye Hummingbird, it's a long way off. Beautiful images.

Judy said...

Beautiful hummer shots! Summer has said it's good-byes here...I'm looking forward to some Indian Summer days.

Woody said...

She's a beaut!

This was the first year I've had visits from hummers. I'm sorry to see them go but that gives me some time to strategize how I'm going to photograph them next year.

Dyche Designs said...

Love your hummingbird shots, they're one of my favorite birds. Your right about the males being difficult to photograph, think they're too busy defending their territory to stop and pose for pics. :0) Our hummingbirds were late to arrive this year, I'm hoping they stick around for a bit longer.

Claudia said...

I always feel a bit down at the passing of summer. At the same time, the crisp autumn air feels rejuvenating. The photos of the hummingbirds are simply wonderful. You've managed to capture them beautifully.

xo
Claudia

Cheryl said...

I'm missing all the birds that have flown away already. Some left our yard early when we lost the 'bird tree' to Irene. Others are heading south.

Those photos are stunning.

Michaele said...

I think she stopped by to tell us all she will see us next year. She is a beauty!

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, what fabulous captures! They are such lovely little things, aren't they?

Barb said...

Your captures of the hummingbirds are all outstanding!

ds said...

Lovely shots. I am always amazed when people capture those quick tiny birds...Hard to believe it'll be Fall this week; already the silence is tough to bear.

Ann said...

I've been noticing the leaves starting to change around here. It's sad isn't it. I hate goodbye's unless of course I'm saying goodbye to winter :)
Love all your shots.

Debbie said...

i am going to miss them also, yours and mine. i saw one yesterday in cape may, i think she followed me!!!

your pictures are amazing!!!

Dianne said...

Hi Reena - I wonder where the hummers go? maybe somewhere nice and warm - you inspire me with your love for wild-life - I must check out "World Bird Wednesday" I've never visited before.
Have a wonderful day.

Brian Miller said...

these are really beautiful captures..the bird for sure but i really like the perspective of the first....

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We put our two regular bird feeders up as soon as we got to Florida and we already have lots of birds feeding! They really are fun! ♥

Country Girl said...

In awe over your hummingbird photos. Fantastic shots!

Jennifer Richardson said...

many smiles your hummers
have brought me this summer:)
thanks for passing them along.
and those few ruby leaves
make my heart shiver with
happy expectation
for the brilliance to come
....just around the bend!
Happy unfolding of Autumn to you
and your camera,
Jen

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hummingbirds are wonderful! It's time for them to head South now though. Next year!

forgetmenot said...

So many "summer things" I don't want to see go, but Fall will bring its own beauty. Lovely shot of the leaves, and that hummingbird is so precious. I have yet to see one in my yard this summer, but lots of bloggers have captured amazing shots of them--thank you. Have a nice week. Mickie ;)

Lisa RedWillow said...

Oh wow your hummer are just stunning. Love Love them.Gorgeous photos,

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful photos and the promise of more hummingbirds again next year....

faye said...

Still have one little male hummer
that flits by in the evening.
the other two must have taken off.

Oliag said...

Those hummingbird shots are breathtaking!! How sweet of her to stop by to say goodbye:)

Jazzi said...

WHEW!!! I am glad that you arent leaving. I just LOVE your pictures, so beautiful!! Fall is in the air here in Ill.

wags
Jazzi

Stewart M said...

Hi there - still can’t really believe that you can get birds like that in your garden!

I'd miss them as well.

Stewart M

Kanelstrand said...

Oh yes, summer has been secretly tiptoeing away. But you know what? It has left us the lovely fruits of autumn - still colorful and impressive and the forest is now full with mushrooms. Luckily, we have the Blue Tits and they prefer to stay around here for the winter so we will still have songs even when it is all white outside.

Catherine said...

I always look forward to the beautiful colors of fall. You have captured them here today! I'm always sad to see the pretty birds of summer leave.

I can't believe that Thanksgiving, for us Canadians, is less than 3 weeks away! Goodness gracious!!

xo Catherine

Kamana said...

that first photo reminds me of a tree we had in the yard as a child, and how we practically lived in its branches

Daryl said...

bokah bounty! and that little hummer is sweet

Amish Stories said...

Some maybe saying goodbye, but im saying hello to fall. One of my favorite times of the year. Richard

Elizabeth Grimes said...

These photos are stunning!

christinemyoung said...

I will miss them too ~ thanks for sharing such great shots, I love the one that is a perfect diagonal ~ makes me want to stretch :)

Kerri said...

Fantastic post! Your shots are amazing!!

Ruth said...

These birds are extraordinary, as are your photos. I'm reading Feathers, the evolution of a natural miracle, by Thor Hanson, and it's so fascinating to learn about the history of feathers.

Linda R. said...

I just love humming birds.. I have two that are hanging around my feeder at this time. I could sit and just watch them fight over the feeder.. Your photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing..

Hugs, Linda

Ms. Becky said...

what a beautiful ode to the hummingbird and summer. each photo is spectacular. I recall some truly outstanding hummingbird photos of yours from past days too. you do a fantastic job of capturing their energy. happy day to you.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Kinda sad to say goodbye to the little hummers. Such wonderful photos you got of your feathery little friends.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful detailed photos, hummingbirds are fascinating.

Barbara said...

I'm going to miss your hummers, too!