Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Late summer blooms and hummers...

 This sunny volunteer came up in my veggie patch. 
What a happy late bloomer!
She makes me happy too.

We usually don't have hummingbirds stay during the summer, but we must be in a migration flyway because each year I see them early in the season and in late summer. I believe this is a Ruby-throated Hummer with no ruby throat, so I'm presuming she's a she-hummer.  (If you click the link, be sure to listen to the hummer's voice/sound) I saw two of them together and both had white chins.  I sat on the straw of the veggie patch garden for quite some long time before she trusted me enough to come down off the fence and begin humming about the flowers in search of nectar. I was close enough to hear her tiny peep after she withdrew from each flower.  She loved the glads but spent a good amount of time in the squash and pumpkin blossoms too. 

I'm trying to keep the flower beds watered down well so that the blooms have lots of nectar inside.  I want to ensure there's something to nourish the little ones for their migration.  They give me such joy, I must reward them some way.  Jesus said to offer a drink of water to the least of these.  Here's a toast to the flowers and the hummers.

 All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures, great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Hymn by ~Cecil Alexander, 1848


  1. I simply love our hummingbird visitors. They come almost daily to my Mexican Sage right outside my kitchen window. I've even been mistaken for a flower and they've come a hovering inches from me!
    Our variety is the Anna's Hummingbird---the males have a bright red throat so I initally thought it was the ruby throated hummingbird.

    Aren't they amazing to watch?

  2. Such pretty flowers and I never can get a good shot of a hummer.
    It is so neat that you did.

  3. Wow! Jody, you really captured that little hummer! Your glads are glorious. Mine never bloomed! I think I need mulch or something.

  4. I always love to see little hummers! Beautiful shots!

  5. You got some great shots of the hummingbird!!!

  6. G'day. Great photo's of the hummingbird and I love the sunflowers. Take care. Liz...

  7. We've had a lot of hummingbirds this summer, and they've been my delight. They are some of my very favorite creatures indeed.



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