Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hummingbirds, Snapping Turtle Nest, and Rain

 A group of hummingbirds is called a charm. We have had for the past two days a swarm of a charm at the hummingbird feeders. I filled up one feeder twice today. Six feeding at the same time while others waited. I took this photo of a male hummingbird sitting on the edge of rebar which holds the bird feeders. It was taken through the window of the kitchen.
 I ventured out onto the deck with the camera and simply pressed the button. The female was close enough for me to take the photo. I was amazed. And also amazing, the sun is trying to come out from behind the heavy cloud cover.
 The angel trumpet has been so pretty this year. Found just the right spot at the edge of the yard in the herb bed. They flower one day and fade away as the sun leaves for the day.
 These are Maggie's favorite flowers. She calls them poppers. Once they flower, the seed pods curl and when you put them in your hand, they pop open scattering seeds everywhere. The raindrops lay on the leaves. We have had rain every day since July 3 here in the mountains.
This is the snapping turtle's nest. When we came home from Colorado, we noticed there were a lot of ants and bugs on top of the nest. Not so sure we are going to have any snapping turtles this year. The first turtle nest was invaded by a large creature who could burrow. Happened in just a few days. I am amazed that turtles survive.

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