Here is one of those beautiful delicate Cereus flowers that I had on my last post about this plant....It really is so wonderful in 'close-up', isn't it? So delicate and soft looking....And then this next picture below is another flower taken in the daylight hours when it is beginning to wane.....Still very beautiful I think, and I love the light in the picture, a lot! If you think you have seen these before, you have...only not in close-up....I have been so enjoying playing with these...and I am probably going to do more of this 'playing'...
And here is another bird. My favorite favorite bird, in fact...The Hummingbird....what an fantastic little creature he is....I think I have said before that since I have had my garden I have seen more Hummingbirds than I had ever seen in my whole life....and that was true after five years of my Cactus Garden...now at 20 years, well....it is still utterly thrilling to me....They are 'Magical Beings'. I think I'm going to try and get even closer in on this one...not today, but soon...(lol). If it comes out really really great, you will see it, for sure!
I got a few pictures of some Finches as you may recall chomping on that fabulously sweet fruit of the Cereus plant....Here below are a couple of these dear sweet birds and these you haven't seen.... See the color of that fruit? Gorgeous, isn't it? And I love seeing all these other fruits that haven't quite ripened as yet....but, they will, as sure as the sun is going to come up tomorrow!
Here is another bird and from a different angle...it looks like he is looking right at me, doesn't it? Again that fabulous fruit ready and waiting for him to eat away... And below, here is another dear bird from the back...They must weigh nothing! Because that long thin leaf that he is sitting on is not that stiff...I mean if I touched it, it would bend immediately...yet, look at him....he is just resting there before he moves over to the Cereus and those ripe fruits.... And the picture below shows another Finch sitting on the top of one of the arms of the Cereus which is filled with lots and lots of fruits.... I really do wish the light was better here because then you could see the beautiful color of the fruits in all their glory...from the not yet ripe-still-green ones to the almost ready to burst-open red ones....and you would be able to see Mr. Finch a little better, too...though I think he looks pretty good....
And here are a couple of Finches. Mr. & Mrs. Finch, I do believe....just surveying they view from their perch on a plant down in my garden below....they look so meditative to me....just taking a moment to rest and contemplate...something we all should do now and again....And last, for now anyway....here down below again, is a flower that blooms on the Golden Barrel, a beautiful round plant that creates the most stunning flowers which leave us speechless and more in awe of nature than ever....
There will be more to come, for sure....
Hi. As ever your pictures of your visitors are amazing! I really like the one of the bird about to land and the last one of the golden barrel flower. Fantastic!
I also wanted to say how sorry I was to hear about the death of your friend. It sounds like he lived a rich life.
goodness Naomi ! lol.. soon you will be able to make a book with all "nature" photo's of birds and lizards! Great shots!! I love hummingbirds too. When I lived in the Valley there were many of them and I never tired of seeing them. Amazing little birds!! I'm glad so many come to visit you!
The finch couple and that last flower are stunning!
Thanks for sharing.
I posted new pics at my site as well.
Add photography to your list of talents! I'm just popping in to say hi and get "the bird's eye view." I'll come back later for a closer read...and not just to look at the picuters! The hummingbird shot is a winner!
Your pictures are always very special. But the one with the hummingbird is amazingly beautiful!! specially with the "city" in the soft background...just beautiful!
those are gorgeous photographs, very uplifting to see them this morning :)
Lovely shots, especially of the golden barrel flower.
I LOVE the hummingbird picture, the flowers in focus with the faint city skyline in the background, very nice! Pardon me if I've asked in the past, as obviously I've forgotten if you've previously answered, but what kind of camera, lens, etc. do you use? I'm looking into getting a new digital camera with a nice lens so I can get sharper pictures and shots of birds and animals before they spot me. :-)
Do the hummingbirds stay there year round? In Mississippi they showed up each April and left in October. I haven't seen any here but we don't have any feeders out.
And that last flower is just breathtaking! The color isn't yellow, isn't gold, it's just amazing. It looks a lot like the sea anemone in salt water aquariums, texture-wise.
I love the hummingbird capture... pretty pink bougainvillea too! I love hummingbirds and have seen more since moving to LA than I have in my whole life. I have a lantana bush outside my office window and they visit it all through the day.
OUTSTANDING pictures Naomi! Loved the animals especially the humming bird in flight.
I have to say I'm VERY impressed by your photography.
You definitely have some amazing visitors! :)
You know what I love? I love YOUR LOVE of all things nature! It just makes your "show and tell" come to life! I love your little lizzards too! And the story of the one in the house! We have little geckos that get in our house from time to time, and I'm always sO thrilled when I find them first and can catch them and set them free before one of the cats finds them! (cuz sometimes all i find is a head or a tail...) *sigh*
Hi Naomi, I found your blog thru Tanya's blog; looks like you have lots of really nice shots here and lots of interesting things to say. I'll stop by from time to time to say hello!
-Anthony from LA (near South Pas.).
More gorgeous photos, Naomi! I am viewing tonight on my daughter's computer and your photos are better then ever. I think I'll have to get a new monitor!!
I have a morning dove, and a few hummingbirds, too! I love them. Have you ever seen a hummingbird moth?? That is my latest discovery. It freaked me out, and I had to search online to see what it was. Maybe i'll post about it now.....you inspire me!
I am impressed too! It looks like a wildlife magazine over here today. I so love my birds too, especially my finches and the hummingbirds. What wonderful creatures they are. I enjoyed this!
You're lucky to live in such natural beauty.
those are so amazing!
Did you ever consider teaching photography?
I dearly love the hummingbirds, too. See them flitting about my bird of paradise outside my living room window.
I put out some of those mesh-like socks with that special thistle the finches like. Was wonderful for many months, with beautiful finches, several varieties including some that were yellow in color.
Then, I started find large rips in even a brand new mesh sock, let alone the other ones. Haven't been able to figure out what sort of bird has entered the scene to be causing this, but, of course, ruins the sock and when the holes are large enough the thistle all falls to the ground.:-(
I love the golden barrel cactus. Had a little one for years from AZ Botanical Garden, then a few years ago it gave up the ghost. I was so saddened. Thanks for sharing the bloom on your large outdoor one.
Your golden barrel is so fabulous. Oooh I just love the color. I wouldn't blame the birds, lizards and whatever to inhabit your garden because it is so lovely.
Beautiful. Just really beautiful. I can never capture hummingbirds, they're too fast for me. :)
Great pics, again:-) I'm awful at animal pics - by the time I've found one I like, they've moved!
I think we really miss out here in Britland though, as we don't have any lizards:-( Everywhere else I've ever been lizards have appeared and posed for photo's in the most amazing positions, but it's too cold & et here for them:-((well, we have slow-worms, but they don't really count!).
You really are a great photographer. I love the pick of the humming bird. that must have been a difficult photo to get. I can't believe that all of the nature is in your backyard. You do not ever need to watch Animal Planet - you can just sit in your yard.
That is not fair! You get the best images...the coolest birds, plants, flowers! I need some of your view.
ooh - I just LOVE that golden flower, my dear! :-)
I ADORE that hummingbird picture it is just great, how on earth did you manage to snap that one.
You have a gift :)
What beautiful pictures.
Such lovely pictures Noami!! The plants, the birds, the lizards, I love them all!! Those lizards are pre-historic looking. We have lizards here, the little blue looking ones but Chunky Monkey has killed most of them, poor things. We have the salamanders too. I saw a brown one while mowing the lawn the other day when the grass was wet in the corner of the yard. He got out of the way. He was brown with spots.
The hummingbirds are so sweet!! I'm glad they enjoy your garden as do all the other birds!!
Beautiful pictures as always, Naomi! Love your nature's photos!
Beautiful, beautiful! I love pics! And I love taking them too! I have so many I could fill a thousand pic
albums! A really nice site and so glad I dropped by! Thanks for sharing with me! I am so glad there are people like you around! Well, you stay safe and be blessed and I will pray all will be well with you always. In HIS love, Katie
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