Wednesday, May 23, 2007
hummingbird

Here are an amazing group of pictures, even if I do say so, myself! Okay, this little guy had landed on the Waterfall, as you can see, below..... I kept snapping away, hoping to catch a picture in better focus....and then I got this one which is not perfect focus, but pretty damn good, considering that this little guy was moving, almost constanly.... And then, magically, he moved off of the Waterfall very quickly, as Hummingbirds do, and landed on a plant nearer to me than the waterfall..... And what he was doing was cleaning himself, including his wings, after his bath.....!And here, below, is another view of this dear little Hummer flapping those very important wings of his....Awesome little bird!

I love that you can see a tiny drop of water on the end of his beak in that picture above....

And at times he would take his beak and clean his feathers a bit using it, as he is doing in this picture below.....
And then, below, the last of these pictures of this fascinating little bird.... As many of you know and understand the quickness of these birds....this was a great great day for me, as a photographer and as a person.....I just love these dear little birds and to be able to observe one so closely as he did his ablutions.....well, what can I say.....It was like taking dope, I think...What a High! Something like this---being able to capture the beauty of nature in this way----gives me so much, I cannot even express it in words....Especially at this time in my life....these moments are such a true true gift....! I cherish them, believe me.



Note: A Very Very Happy Birthday to my dear friend Betty Garrett....today, May 23rd, she is 88 years old....Incredible! And tomorrow we are having a "Ladies Who Lunch", (right here in my house), to celebrate the gift of her friendship....Pictures will be forthcoming......









More To Come......







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53 Comments:
had this to say:

Lovely! :) I haven't seen hummers for a couple of years, since I lived a bit more west of you. Weird how a few miles can make a difference. Hope you and your friends have a fun b-day celebration for Betty! I haven't been around much in a while. Oh, also remembered you mentioned the DeLuises a while back. My good friend did some pics of Dom - www.fewsmith.com
Great guy.
Have a wonderful week, Naomi!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 1:42:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

boy do i miss the california "hummers'! they are so plentiful there!

Great pictures Naomi!! I keep telling you to make a table book of your pictures!

Happy Birthday to Betty!! It's my grandson's b'day too! (and my mother's if she were still with me)
Wow! Nice folks born on May 23rd!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 4:55:00 AM PDT 

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Gee you do take some incredible photos OOLOTH!! You must have a steady hand to take wonderful photos, like the ones you have posted today... I do love hummingbirds, as I have told you once before. So tiny and so lovely...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 5:03:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Good Morn, are not Gods creatures GREAT. It is still a little cool here but I have a humming bird feeder, that needs to come out and get cleaned up. My humming birds that come around, really like purple, have a small flower bed outside, of my kitchen window, on ledge of window sill, had a medicine box (purple) and that little bird, comes up to my window, and stairs at the box. The first time i noticed him, he surprised me, but any way can not wait for him to come back. Thank you again for sharing. pat

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 5:35:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

First off....Please wish Betty a very Happy Birthday from me. And all of you enjoy your lunch. Looking forward to the photos and details.
You certainly are quite proficient with that camera! I know how difficult it is to capture hummingbirds, because of their constant movement. But you did a spectacular job!
(Where on earth did you get that amazing water fall? I'd love to get one for my outside patio! The island birds would love it.)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 6:13:00 AM PDT 

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So close! I never get to look at one for long in real life because they are always on the go! I have been trying to photograph the indigo buntings, yellow finch, and red cardinals in my yard with not much luck. I spend too much time on it for the results I get, but I do understand how exciting it can be when you get one! I love the background swirl behind the humming bird. It looks like it's coming out of a vortex. I guess birds are natually high...up in the sky like that.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 6:19:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I'm fascinated as are you with these hummingbirds -- great pictures! Happy Birthday wishes to your friend, Betty Garrett.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 7:25:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I love seeing hummingbirds, and thanks to you, I am seeing them mnore closely and clearly than ever before.

Please tell Betty I said Happy Birthday - and wish her many more! I look forward to the photos!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 7:31:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hummingbirds are my most favorite birds. They just amaze me. At my uncles Lake house, he had this wrap around porch and he had 3 hummingbird feeders right next to eachother. We would sit outside on the porch, literally directly under or next to those feeders and 5-10 hummingbirds would come and eat and not be scared by us at all. You could hear their wings buzz! Those are great pictures. I love them!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 7:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! Just gorgeous Naomi! You are a great photographer, because is so difficult to picture hummingbird, they did not still!
Really I think those birds LOVES you!

A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your dear friend Betty Garrett! I hope all of you have a lovely and joyful celebration! I am looking forward to see the pictures!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 7:48:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Those are awesome shots! Hummingbirds are so hard to capture! Beautiful!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 7:55:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Amazing - you must either have the patience of a Saint or take LOTS of pictures. [grin].

Seeing your garden and the visitors it attracts always make me want to move to warmer climes - though I guess with Global Warming those climes are coming to me.... [chuckle].

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 8:45:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh! What fun! Those are some absolutely spectacular pictures you got. And like you said, that drop of water on his beak was a huge bonus!

Of course, I was kidding about not taking but one picture in Italy. And they're up now if you wanna come visit. :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 12:55:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

YAY for Ladies Who Lunch!!! I wanna come to that!!! I LUNCH! Indeed I do!

Great hummin'bird pics to Naomi! I do love those little critters -- but mine isn't visiting too often anymore! It's sort of hit and miss.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 3:11:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M.
had this to say:

When my daughter was a little girl, (now 52) I recall an amazing drawing of a hummingbird she did with artists chalk. Your photos brought back the memory.
I hope that you and Betty and all the ladies who lunch have a day made of happy shared memories.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 4:26:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! I can't believe you actually captured all of this with your camera!!! I don't think I have ever seen a hummingbird 'in person' - they are so delightful!!

I hope Betty Garrett has a WONDERFUL birthday!! As you know, I adore her!! She has such spirit and is such a wondeful actress!! I hope her day is full of joy, wonderful surprises and magnificent treats!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 4:57:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Very cool pix of the hummingbirds! Gord's parents get a lot of them at their place (they live in the country). They are fun to watch.

Happy birthday to Betty! I hope you guys had a fun party :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 5:01:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I loved getting to see a hummingbird other that the ones we have here! They were wonderful pictures.....

and happy birthday to Betty!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 6:11:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

That hummingbird is amazing ! How amazing those pictures are !!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 7:35:00 PM PDT 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

We had humming birds by the score down in Mississippi. From late April to the end of October. Most were a green color with a red stripe around the neck... one or two had completely red heads. They love the red nectar we put out. Great pictures!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 9:56:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

"Ladies Who Lunch. . . ."

How I wish I were one of them! I can't think of anything that could possibly be more fun.

Happy Birthday to Betty, and please give her a big hug from me. I've loved her for many years.

I'm here this time from Michele's but as you know, I come here all the time anyway.

The little hummingbirds are wonderful. I love how they defy all science and fly anyway.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 10:08:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Great photos Naomi! And congrats on being Michele's site of the day. Tell your friend happy birthday from me!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 10:23:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! I love the picture with the drop of water on the tip of his beak. Hummingbirds are beautiful. We don't have them here or maybe we do but are called differently. I don't know. Well captured.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 10:24:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Thanks for the great pictures! I hope you have a perfectly wonderful lunch.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 11:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Incredible photos, Naomi! Such pretty little creatures they are... So glad Michele sent me to see them and to say Hello to you today!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 3:27:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, thanks for the visit and comments about the poison ivy. In the last 2 pics, that IS poison ivy vine climbing up the trees, and all the green leaves you see in the pics are poison ivy leaves. One of the trees is an oak and the other is either a maple or a poplar.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 4:26:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

CONGRATULATIONS on being Michele's site of the day! I didn't know that when I was here earlier.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 4:39:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous marisa
had this to say:

How lucky you are, we don't see hummingbirds down under. I now have my husband looking at your site and he is most impressed with your photographic brilliance. He wants to know what kind of camera & lens you use.
Thank you for such beatiful photos as well, as my five year old is so fascintated with your site as well.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 4:52:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi, Michele sent me. Beautiful blog and pictures! I enjoyed wandering through.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 5:29:00 AM PDT 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

Those are truly amazing pictures *wink*
Congrats on being Michele's SOTD!!!happy birthday to your dear friend and happy lunch with the "Ladies who Lunch", what a fun day!

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 6:28:00 AM PDT 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

If there is amf right above me, it's me! I like to confuse myself with multiple personalities, lol!

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 6:33:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh, what absolutely gorgeous photos!!! I can understand you being thrilled at capturing that beautiful hummingbird so well :-)

Happy Birthday to Betty!

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 8:58:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Michele sent me today!

My grandfather is an avid bird lover and when he used to live in a house with a lot of property, he had hummingbird feeders throughout his garden. After dinner, my grandparents, my parents and the kids would sit on the porch and watch and listen to the birds fly around.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 9:10:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Lovely pictures! Too bad there was no time to set up a tripod and get some wing flapping action. That would have been a coup, no?

Michele sent me today; thanks for the pics.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 9:20:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Awesome, Awesome,Awesome,

I am green with envy!!!

Michele sent me

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 10:32:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Amazing photos! I am very envious . . .

Michele sent me

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 10:36:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Those are remarkable pictures, Naomi. How fortunate you were that the little guy cooperated enough to get those shots.

And... Congratulations on being chosen the Site of the Day!

Michele sent me,

Mike

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 1:57:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I love hummingbird pictures, we don't have them here so I have never seen one in real life. Much like Mark and the squirrels HAHAHA, that still cracks me up when I think about how excited he was. I know it amused you too.
Happy birthday ( albeit belated) to dear dear Betty.
I am not sure if this was a coincidence or not but on the 23rd HERE they played Out on the Town on TCM here that day and I happened to have seen part of it. Quite spooky really lol.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 2:25:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I love them too. :) Every time I see one, it's like I've caught something special and fleeting. So I totally understand what you're saying.

I hope you're having a marvelous birthday lunch with Betty and co.

Does anyone still wear a hat?
~S

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 3:07:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

More pictures please!! Even though I'm here regularly...

Michele sent me! Congrats on being site of the day! :)

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 3:32:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Michele sent me too. Fabulous photos. And my best to Betty. She was one of the best second bananas in the business.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 4:14:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

A belated happy birthday to Betty, Naomi. I hope the lunch you're having today is quite enjoyable. BTW, were you aware that they're broadcasting those last episodes of Studio 60 on Sunset, starting tonight? I know you liked that show as did I.

I love the pictures of the hummingbird, Naomi. They're so difficult to take pictures of--and to get pictures of the grooming ritual! Wow.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 4:41:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hello, Michelle sent me.

Those are some really great photos. I'm impressed the little fella stayed put long enough for so many shots.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 5:19:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi there!

Michele sent me today :).

Amazing shots!! I don't think I've ever seen a hummingbird without the wings going a zillion miles per minute, so these stills are a real treat.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 6:04:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What a beautiful bird, we have them occasionally in VA but I've never seen one at rest like that, what great pictures!
Here from Micheles.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 6:59:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

those pictures rocked! Supposedly we have hummingbirds out here in Vegas, but I've never seen one.

here via michele

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 10:36:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Michele sent me back, Naomi. I hope to see some hummingbirds this summer, but since I don't have any hibiscus on the deck this year, they may not come around.

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 4:15:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi! I just found a blog I think you would like to see. It is LOS ANGELES DAILY PHOTO

I am looking forward to see Betty celebrations's pictures!

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 7:14:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What absolutely wonderful pictures! You are very clever and Nature is a wonder!

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 2:27:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wonderful shots Naomi! I am actually fascinated with Hummingbirds since they are like helicopters. They can hover back and forth.

Just got back to the blogging world. Hope you have a nice weekend!

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 3:21:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Ooh! How gorgeous! Thanks for posting these pics, they are wonderful. Hummingbirds are such amazing little birds. I can only imagine what a thrill it was to be able to photograph this little fellow!

Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 10:18:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I'm amazed at how many great shots you got of this little bird. I've been planting bushes and flowers for two years that are supposed to attract Hummingbirds, but I haven't seen one yet. *sigh*

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 12:23:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh I so look forward to your little birdie moments. Lovely. And Miss Betty's Birthday Party was lovely. Send her well wishes from us in Northern California.

Cindi

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 2:47:00 PM PDT 

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