Tuesday, September 05, 2017

I Stepped Out


Into this eerie green and yellow light, hoping to somehow capture it on camera. (Fail) I am supposed to be working on the Farm Side, but some weeks it is a struggle even when I know what I want to say....this is one of those. (Fail again.)

As I opened the back porch door a Ruby-throated Hummingbird paused in mid-flight to inspect me....and stayed....and stayed.....almost within the door opening.

We contemplated each other, her bright fringe of white edges on her tail feathers glowing against the greeny-black of the mulberry trees. How apt to name these tiny birds after jewels. Even without the gleaming red gorget of the males, this little bird fairly burst with colors like diamonds and emeralds and bright obsidian. When she finally flew it was obviously reluctantly. She kept buzzing back at me.

I took down the feeder last week, as the nectar seemed to be spoiling too quickly, and with the plethora of flowers, the birds weren't visiting much anyhow.

She doesn't seem to hold any hard feelings though. Or maybe she just wanted me to go away so she could visit the bright red geranium hanging there by the back door......who knows....

Btw, I see as many hummers up in the fields and in my favorite warbler spot as I do down here near the house...maybe more...they are intrepid little creatures for sure. I'm going to miss them....

3 comments:

ellie k said...

I am waiting to see if Irma gives us a direct hit or turns to the east. It is a cat 5 now and should be here by the week end. If it gets into the gulf it can turn all ways from texas to Florida. Please add Florida to your prayer list. So many farmers here that stand to lose every thing if we get hit by a cat 5. I am on the highest elevation if the area so probably no flooding. If I flood the whole town will be under water by then. Prays please and asks your blogging friends for prayers for Florida.

Cathy said...

Oh Ellie. . . yes - prayers for Florida. I have family literally on the beach on St. Pete's Beach and others in central Florida. It is really scary.

And Marianne:

" . . .I'm going to miss them...."

This time of year makes me so nostalgic and filled with some strange longing. Must be something passed through the generations of genes to make us aware and prepare for the cold and darkness ahead.

threecollie said...

Ellie, of course you are in our prayers

Cathy, we have so many friends and family there too. Scary! I am not good with impending winter, although I try to get the most out of every late summer and early autumn day...