Loved this clear-eyed beauty, a female ruby-throated hummingbird. I visit The Dawes often, and it always seems to go the same way. At first, the hummingbirds are very mistrustful and will do everything to spoil a clear capture. But then one will fly in and perch and seem to look intensely upon me, eye to eye, after which she seems comfortable with my presence. Takes me about an hour to establish this trust.
I’ll miss these little guys
Strange, odd, but fascinating creature to observe
Always happy to run across a ladybug during my hikes. This one was nestled atop the bird’s nest of a Queen Anne’s lace flower cluster
I think Queen Anne’s lace is a pretty odd looking plant, particularly when still in it’s “bird nest” phase. When seen up close, the complex and intricate clustered pattern is pretty cool. I understand they are related to carrots.
Nice moment along the path with one of my favorite birds
Blessed to come across such a beautiful flower today, made even more special by the pink and purple flowers in the background, and then topped off by the cute fly masquerading as a bee… Blessed indeed!