Do you remember the day the male Rufous Hummer was on the feeder but by the time I ran to get my camera, he was gone and did not return? The day the female visited as I waited, so she had her time in the spotlight? They say all good things come to those who wait, and while I am not good at waiting, sometimes I get very lucky. Lucky I was the other afternoon, when it was warm enough and I had done enough during the day that I felt I deserved a beer on the front deck before I started dinner. I was smart enough, this time, to have my camera with me when suddenly I heard the hum of little wings moving faster than the speed of sound (okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I did hear the hum of little wings), and when I looked up, there he was! Come back to my diner to slurp and give me pleasure.
I used the burst mode on my camera, and to avoid losing the effect, I shall simply show you the pictures, all in a row.
He was in the shade, so the bright color of his collar is lost, but we take what we can get.
Now I have a wee bit of a complaint, and a question. I have noticed lately that when I post a comment on the blogs I read I start getting email notices of other comments posted. That’s because there’s this little default checkmark in that box on those blogs, and I seem to be unable to remember to check that before I submit my comment. Just a tad annoying, as I’d really like to make that choice for myself. But since this has just started, is this a WordPress controlled thing, does anyone know? And am I just being a grumpy old lady that it bothers me?
To keep you completely up-to-date on my exciting life, yesterday was a perfect spring day and the pine cones were calling me, so I loaded up four five-gallon buckets and one 15-gallon pot into the trailer, hitched the trailer to the lawn tractor, grabbed the pine cone picker-upper-thingy and off I went, to the south side of the yard. Four or five trailer loads later, my hands were saying they were done squeezing the thingy to pick up the pine cones for that day. There are still a few more on the south side – and probably more have fallen during the night, although when I asked the trees if they were done depositing their fruit on the ground now, they all said yes, mom, we are – and the north side has an abundant supply, so I suspect I will be spending several more hours out there repeating this action. I’ve decided deciduous trees are better – at least with them you can mow over the leaves, creating instant mulch.
My hope is that I get the cones picked up before the pollen pods begin their production of pollen that colors my world yellow and is followed by the dropping of those little red pollen pods.
At least there is consistency.