Saturday, August 04, 2007
more hummers

At rest, on the Agave Flower....Another dear dear Hummingbird....And here below, a few more of these wonderful birds just doing their thing.....reminding me of what is truly important..... This picture above really makes me smile....It is like he was surprised by something! LOL! Delightful. I have noticed that almost all of the hummings birds that have been coming to these flower pods are really small....I don't know how come, but they are quite tiny and just adorable.... Look at how cute and little this sweet hummer is....! Again, he is resting on the plant....I said this before and it bears repeating...for me, there is something so very vulnerable and touching about these birds.... I love this picture above! The movement in it...it almost has a surreal quality to it...but, this is unmistakably a hummingbird in transit....! Here below, another 'at rest' picture....Just looking around and checking things out from his perch....
Many people don't realize that Hummingbirds rest quite often....before I had my cactus garden, I hardly ever saw a hummingbird at all, at rest or otherwise.....But in these last 21 years I have seen hundreds, and many many times, they are at rest....


Certain pictures appeal to me because of the special movement caught in the moment....like this one, below.... The wings looking almost translucent, depending on the moment of the 'capture'.....I love these where he or she is right in the middle of the flowers....And below, too.... In this one, the wings are barely visible at all...Just the movement was captured....Amazing little birds....and below, this picture taken just before the one above....They are busy little creatures, when it comes to survival.....I love these birds! Here below, a couple of these dear ones meeting in the middle of the Flower Pods....having a conversation? They are truly as sweet as the necter that brings them in droves to these beautiful flowers....Here's my question: How do they know that these Agave Flowers are blooming right now? I know there is an explaination. I just don't know what it is because I don't do the research...Well, I'm too busy photographing them....lol. I'll read about this later....I love this next picture... Thrre's the city in the background...out of focus, of course....but it is there....One can forget that Hollywood is out there teaming with all sorts of life...people getting their "stars"on Hollywood Boulevard, literally just below....traffic that won't quit....The 'beautiful people having a cocktail at the world famous Hollywood Roosevelt, that too, just below....while here on my hill, these lovely birds survive and thrive..... I'll take these birds.....they are my 'stars'.....they remind me about what is truly important in this world and in my life.....the beauty of nature.




More To Come.....







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44 Comments:
had this to say:

You impress me again. Showing the hummingbirds at work and also telling how close there is to all the traffic and noise and tourists.
Fantastic how you in one post can give such a perpective

I did vote for you on Blogging to Fame:
http://www.bloggingtofame.com/member.php

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 4:12:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

"We all have wings... but some of us don't know why".

Amazing photography as always......

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 4:28:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I saw a humming bird on my daffodils in the spring, so I rushed out and bought a humming bird feeder.... and haven't seen a hummingbird since!
Lovely pictures, these birds are so tiny!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 5:29:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Another set of beautiful photos, Naomi, and I agree with you. The hummers are much more interesting than the "beautiful people" just below you.

I am amazed at how many times you find them resting. Around here, they don't stop long enough!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 5:59:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I have so very much been enjoying your fabulous photo's of these exquisite little birds. So much so that now I have run out of superlatives! LOL! Suffice to say, they are wonderful :)

I love the movement in some of those pictures. One phrase really stood out from your post though - 'survive and thrive' It is marvellous to think of those little birds doing just that above Hollywod and it is you that help make that possible by providing the right environment for them in your garden. It's the ultimate symbiotic relationship. The birds get fed and your planst thrive adn you in turn get to enjoy their beauty! :)

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 8:34:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I am so enjoying your pictures. I am still trying to get some good ones of my visitors. Love Hugs and Blessings

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 9:03:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M.
had this to say:

Hi Naomi...I just read your last three posts and loved the sweet and wonderful little Hummingbirds. I've been off my computer for several days now dealing with the loss of a very dear friend, and my visit to your site was just what I needed to remind me of the precious beauty that exists here in our world.

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 9:19:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I've probably said this before, but when I lived in SF Valley I worked in Sherman Oaks on the cornter of Ventura and Sepulveda. In back of the building I worked in was a small rest area with a pond... often when I went there we'd have hummers come by and take a bath in the fountain !! Gosh you make me miss them so much!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 9:58:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Awesome again! A friend sent me a picture of a lady with 4 hummingbirds eating from a dish in her hand. Impressive!

Good stuff, Naomi! I went to a motorcycle rally this morning. 40,000 bikes there!!! I'm gonna blog about it when I rest up a little.

I came here from Michele's this afternoon.

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 12:09:00 PM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Gosh Naomi- they just get better and better. I think they think you are their mother and grow the flowers just for them. This afternoon there was a bird on the lawn with its wings spread, sunning itself but I knew if I went to get my camera it would be gone.
Now why aren't you in bed young lady?

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 12:58:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Great action shot in #4!

Those yellows are so amazingly yellow! I love it!

We saw another play last night. It was fabulous!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 2:14:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I'm touching by these little birds! I imagine all the silence and delicate approch you ned to take these marvelous photos! I was on fame by Tor's profil and saw you! I don't think you remember me but I visited you for your birthday when Renny wrote something about you! have a beautiful sunday and beautiful moments with the hummingbirds! I famed you!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 2:45:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hello Naomi! I just love these humming birds posts of yours. Your so right: the beauty of nature and the way you've capture them is just a work of art - thanks so much for sharing!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 2:52:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You're nominated for something at my place.....come see.

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 4:38:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Great photos. I rarely see hummingbirds in my part of the country.

Michele sent me over to say hi.

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 4:39:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Re Evil Dead, the "splatter zone" is very popular and you specifically ask for those seats. They give you a poncho for protection. I wrapped my knapsack in mine and it STILL got soaked. Ha!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 5:30:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi. I'm really slow catching up on Michele-sent-me comments today. Sorry about that: it's been a day!

The first image with the agave flower looks almost like a person - the Statue of Liberty comes to mind, for some odd reason - holding out her hand. I know, my brain's strange that way. But I get creative when I see amazing sights like these.

Happy sigh!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 6:32:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Yes, stars indeed! Thank you for the pics. Have a jolly good day!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 8:29:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Third one down... my favorite yet... so cute... the photo has such personality! Great photos, Naomi!

~S :)

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 9:21:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Ooops... Michele sent me that time!
~S :)

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 9:21:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What beautiful pictures! You always amaze me with lovely photos of your life.

Michele sent me today Naomi!

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 11:00:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

It seems like Michele has got things under control now. Fancy that silly person trying to spoil our fun!

At least i get to come back here and see your beautiful photos again!

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 12:29:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

How jealous I am over the hummingbirds! We don't have them over here in Sweden....

I've only seen them on our trip to South America in 2005, a wonderful experience!!!!

You can see the only hummingbird I managed to capture here:

Hummingbird in South America by Lifecruiser

If you're familiar with Flickr you can find my 3 photo sets with photos from South America: The Iguazu waterfalls, Paraguay (working ranch) and Brazil.

Or let me know you're interested and I'll send you the direct links :-)

(Came here from Blogging To Fame after Tor nominated you there - and I voted on you of course since you have an excellent blog :-)

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 3:48:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh Naomi! I just don't know what you're going to DO when these flowers pass and your little birds move on... you'll have to get a few hummingbird feeders to keep them coming 'round! I can TELL that these little birds ARE the BEST entertainment in town! (and where YOU live, that's saying a lot!) LOL!

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 4:07:00 AM PDT 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

Beautiful, refreshing and oh, so wonderful pics as always! :)

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 7:44:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi! Another set of awesome photos. They sure are friendly little guys...

Thank you for your kind words and support last night. Sometimes it takes a village to purge an idiot!

Michele sent me,

Mike

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 8:07:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful photos! I don't think we have hummingbirds around here... At least, I've never seen any.

Take care and I hope you're having a good weekend.

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 8:40:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Again...great photos! Hope you are doing well...just got home from a 3-day holiday...and am getting caught up...

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 9:43:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful photos.

Michele sent me.

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 10:35:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Me again. The message below was left over at my blog, but I'm sure it was meant for you!

"Beautiful photos. I once held a hummingbird in my hand, it had gotten trapped in a room and was banging against the window, and rescued it. It was so tiny and fragile in my hand, it was an amazing experience that these pictures bring back vividly."

It's from Expat Mom at http://www.expatmom.info/

I thought I'd better pass it on!

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 10:56:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Thanks for the comment on my blog...u werent the first to say my new do was cute but didnt know what the old one looked like so I put a BEFORE picture up, duhhhh lol

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 1:05:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I think I know now why I haven't seen one hummingbird yet in my yard this year......they're ALL in yours......lol (pout)
Amazing photos, but if you can, send a few over here to the west coast of Florida. I even have a feeder for them out there in my tree.

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 2:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Great photos again, Naomi! You are an hummingbirds photographer expert! Amazing! Well done!

Have a good week my dear!

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 2:34:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Good Sunday afternoon to you, Lady !

The juxtaposition of all that you find beautiful in nature's garden and animals, be they winged or footed -- and then the glittering lights and sights of the city below you -- give you quite a rich and vareid world to enjoy !

Thank you for sharing it so generously in your pictures and writing, Lady !

Much health and good fortune to you -- it is a pleasure to visit here.

*cyber hugs*

Genuinely,
Loving Annie

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 3:10:00 PM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Naomi: whilst on Moogie's site she had a video and I wondered if she might be able to advise you on filming the humming birds and I have just had this from her:-

'I would be more than glad to help her. You can give her my email if you like. I know she comes and visits from time to time via Michele. Neat lady!'
Trouble is I don't know how to give you her e-mail address.

Her name is Laura Gerlach and she is Moogie on Michele's site. Hope this may be of interest to you
Love
Pat

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 4:00:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

The hummingbirds at my house are more interested in my fuschias than in my hummingbird feeder -- goes to show they like the real thing. I always supposed that the scent attracted them?

I read somewhere that hummingbirds mating sessions only last 3-5 seconds -- just as fast as they fly, I guess! Oy!

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 5:00:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I am totally speechless! All I can say is: Magnificent!!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 6:40:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Michele bade me return, Naomi. Aren't you as happy as I am to see all the drama gone from her site?

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 8:09:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

More beautiful hummingbirds!! What a delight they are. Yesterday I was sitting on the sofa and one flew up to the window and just hovered there for several seconds. He moved back and forth. I guess maybe he was looking at his reflection?? I thought of you when I saw him/her there!!

Monday, August 6, 2007 at 3:39:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Naomi, Good morn., and again, thank you. for sharing your special world with all of us. Pat from NY. Have a great week.:)

Monday, August 6, 2007 at 6:50:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

These are some amazing photos of something that almost defies our wish to capture it in a photo. I've tried to snap hummingbirds in the past but the way they dart and skip around makes it very difficult.

That you have captured these moments and then also included some lovely reference scenery is really wonderful.

Best
rashbre

Monday, August 6, 2007 at 1:39:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You have some very good luck with the hummingbirds. We have to sit and wait patiently for about 15 minutes to get them back. They are Ruby-throated hummingbirds back east here in Ohio where we live. And we noticed these are very small this year too. I mean smaller than your little finger.

Nice blog you have here.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Monday, August 6, 2007 at 4:46:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi :-)

What amazing photos of such beautiful birds. I'm not a big fan of birds (particularly in cages) but I do enjoy watching birds in their natural habitat. And hummingbirds are just so darn pretty!

I loved LA blurred in the background, Real Life some would say - but I know which Reality I would prefer...

cq

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 12:08:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi! I've come to check out your hummingbirdie friends. Very sweet! I gave you a quick reply to your comment on my blog, but just so you know, I'll be working on a Hummingbird entry from a Medicine Card perspective - and I'll dedicate it to you!

I don't know (yet) if you've blogged about your health problems, so it was news to me, and I'm really sorry to hear abou it.

Wish you well!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 8:24:00 AM PDT 

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