We’ve had two days of rain, and hopefully it’ll do something to help with our ‘dead’ tree situation. I’m not sure how the ficus’ in the neighbourhood keep going after they lose all their leaves to a frost. We’re still keeping our fingers crossed.
We saw this on the way home from an afternoon spent with friends. Hopefully a sign of things to come. The clouds behind the rainbow started to part and the sun’s rays sliced through the colours, leaving an unusual effect. I played with the settings a bit to show some cloud detail.
Our ficus didn’t do so well in the recent ‘freeze’ (4 or 5 nights of below zero temperatures). We missed the first night which did all the damage, but managed to cover the trees for the remainder, running some halogen lamps under the covers to keep the trees warm. There are a few spots of life, and we’re hoping we don’t lose this tree entirely
The leaves are now mostly brown, which provides great camouflage for this pair of sparrows, waiting to come down to the feeder.
This little hummingbird really doesn’t show too much fear. He’s happy to sit and pose for week 2’s contribution. At certain angles, the darker feathers of his head flash a bright fuchsia colour.
We named him Henry. He seems to have ‘adopted’ us and has decided that all the feeders that we put out belong to him alone, at the assumed disappointment of the other hummers in the garden.
There are sure to be more photos of him to come.
Canon 7D: ISO 100, 1/250, f6.3, Raw
This is Henry, from week 2 of the 52 week photography project showing some trust. My first ‘interaction’ with him was yesterday, when I found him sitting on a small branch just about head-height. I slowly reached my hand out to him and he sat whilst I touched his chest with the back of my index finger. A very special moment.
The photograph below shows a time today when he flew over and fed from a feeder I was holding. At one point he stood on my finger–those little claws are sharp, but Henry barely weighs a thing.
Photograph courtesy of good friend Lia.
As timid as the grackles seem to be, there are others that still fear the sight of them swooping down to eat…
Woodpecker coming down to land on the bird table. It seems that the bigger the bird the more graceful it is.
This was taken with an iPad, the zoom provided by a Celestron telescope focused on the bird table in the garden. Holding the iPad over the eye piece of the ‘scope could have been a little easier, to say the least…