by germinatrix | July 8th, 2009
For months I have been like a cat on the prowl, stalking my garden for the colorful birds that twitter and tweet, frolic and play, chirp and swoop and flit around – all while my camera is tucked away in the quantum singularity known as my purse. I finally thought – ”Ivette – you are a garden blogger – why not have your camera with you EVERY TIME you are in the garden?” Hmmmm….
“Thank you, Ivette – I’ll try that…”
“No problem, Ivette – glad to be of service.”
Of course, I zip in and out of the garden so many times I tend to forget that my camera is supposed to be permanently attached to my eyeball. But about a week or so ago, it all came together. I was sitting in the garden, on my daybed, having myself a little relax … my camera was at my side, the puppies were at my feet, and then I heard it.
A tiny chirp. Like a laugh. I looked to my left, and there she was, POSING FOR ME! A lovely little Rufous hummingbird; a female – her throat was muted, but her tailfeathers were bright and her back was that rufous-y shade of green. And she was quite the little starlet! Just look at her, knowing EXACTLY where in my garden she would look the best – perched on the tiniest branch of my freshly blooming Anigozanthus ‘Orange Cross’!!! And she REALLY wanted her picture taken -she sat patiently while I fumbled and dropped my camera (I was so nervous … I couldn’t believe she was so close and so still!), and she even ignored Dexter’s attempts at shooing her away with his not-very-manly barking. I lifted the camera, looked at the screen, and I SWEAR …
she turned her head and looked right at me.
I snapped the picture. She lifted her beak into the air (which I think may be the hummingbird version of a Hi-5), and off she flew. With a few little chirps thrown back my way.
I was SO happy! Mrs. Rufous was a very gracious guest – she can drop by unannounced any time! I hope she tells all her friends – Hummingbird party at The Germinatrix’s! All are invited!!!