a very quick visit

part of the wonder of the garden is the unexpected glimpse of nature.  the neighbor’s mimosa tree did not fare well this past winter.  that means that the larkspur, phlox, and other flowers get to fill in as food for the hummer.  imagine the sound of a really heavy duty bee buzzing by.  that would be the surprise visits, fast visits of the hummer.  they don’t move slow so i was really happy to get any kind of picture.  after the hummer there is a daylily.  green zippy jewels come first.

hummer det

now for the flower.  River Hills is one of those rare daylilies that does not fade in the sun.  i just have the morning picture.  i will have to get an evening or mid day picture where the grey-purple pigment has darkened to match the rest of the flower.  River Hills – it adds its own kind of zip to the garden.  two images

river hills det river hills macro


13 thoughts on “a very quick visit

    1. John Hric Post author

      If there is a fixed feeding station you can wait them out. In the open garden it is another story. It is a joy to see them in the garden. Thanks WG !

      1. woodlandgnome

        I was sitting on our deck, surrounded by hanging baskets, when one visited last evening. It flew right up to within a few feet to study me from different angles. What an experience! I got a few photos of it sipping from a hanging basket, but they weren’t as clear or well lit as yours. Always such fun when they are nearby. We don’t hang feeders- just grow things we hope will interest them.

      2. John Hric Post author

        that is very neat. never had one check me out either way it is fantastic to see them in action and up close. well worth the trip outside !

    1. John Hric Post author

      Thanks Dan. It was a very good morning to be there when the green jewel zipped through the garden. and better still to get that shot. speaking of which time for a morning walk before the rains come back. have to check the seedling bed to see what has opened. later!

  1. The Road to Joy

    I love your gorgeous lilies, John, and am especially grateful this week for your descriptions of how they behave and how they came to be. Each one enhances my joy at just being alive in this beautiful world. Your picture of the little Ruby Throat on your neighbor’s flowers is stunning. We live in AZ now, with many types of hummers of all sizes buzzing about, but no Ruby Throats. I had a glimpse of only one when I was growing up in Dayton, and that was thanks to my bird-loving mom. Looking forward to more posts amidst your rainstorms!

    1. John Hric Post author

      hi Clare. the hummers can zip about all over. if one is lucky you can spot their resting place. they pick a spot and roost there between their 10 – 15 minute feeding cycle. so far I have not found the resting spot. the stamens come in all sorts of colors. the shafts tend to reflect the color in the petals. and the tips can be any color from white to black. glad you enjoyed it !

    1. John Hric Post author

      finding days are good ! i try to enjoy any capture of a moment of nature, from the flowers, to the tiniest bugs, to the dashing hummers, and even the floating clouds – they are all special moments. thanks


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