Posted by: atowhee | March 13, 2014

POETRY IN MOTION

“Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers–a living prismatic gem that changes it colour every change of position–how in turning it catches the sunshine on its burnished neck and gorget plumes–green and gold and flame-coloured, the beams beams changing to visible flakes as they fall, dissolving into nothing, to be succeeded by others and yet others? In its exquisite form, its changeful splendor, its swift motions and intervals of aerial suspension, it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.” –GREEN MANSIONS, W. H. Hudson.
However you see a hummingbird it is notable. Today in perfect light this Anna’s male was especially beautiful.
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This male has staked out his territory at the west end of Ashland Pond so when the females begin returning from their winter vacation down in California, he’ll be ready for the full court courtship. Who could resist such shiny new feathers, I ask you?
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This two pictures were taken on a previous day in really awful light, but are still enjoyable:
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