~A few minutes spent doing what I love most!

It has been awhile since I last posted. Where does the time go? It seems as if we just arrived home from our winter travels and here we are in September. Time to once again begin thinking about heading south.

Before we head south we still have a few more weeks of beautiful, Colorado, weather to enjoy. This summer has been a fun one with the exception of Kloudy’s illness; however, she is doing okay. I plan to write a post on what is going on with her, and she has given me permission to post a few photos. As most of you know, that follow my blog, Kloudy is our almost eleven year old Siberian Husky.

Of course spending time with hubby, Kloudy and Skye River is my most joyful pastime. Doing what I love hobby wise is taking photos. It is hard for me to believe that I haven’t taken very many photos this summer, which truly is my greatest passion.

I think Pickleball, well I know Pickleball, has taken all my time. Since learning the game in late April, I have either play or practiced this sport almost everyday. It is fun and as I have mentioned previously, addicting. Pickleball is great exercise, but the most wonderful benefit of the game is meeting and getting to know other players, which I hope turns into long-lasting friendships.

But, this post is not about Pickleball, it is about spending a few minutes taking photos of a few birds in my yard. Howard and I enjoy sitting on our deck and watching the bird activity in the yard. It has been a very good year for many species, especially the Spotted Towhee. I don’t recall seeing so many young Towhees. The Towhee is one of my favorite birds and it makes me very happy to see that they are doing well. Two new visitors to our yard, in recent weeks, has been the Red-breasted Nuthatch and the Gray Catbird (just one).

Two Red-breasted Nuthatches stopped by for a few days and enjoyed, not only the sunflower seeds, but the suet feeders as well.

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch

Not the best quality photos, but it gives you an idea just how cute these little birds are. I generally don’t like to post photos of the birds at the feeder, but they were just too darn quick for me to capture in a more natural environment. They would fly in, grab a sunflower seed, and fly off.

Another bird we are enjoying watching is the Hummingbird. Feisty little birds that don’t believe in sharing. They sit at the top of a branch or tree and continuously scan the sky for incoming – Hummers! Nope, no sharing of the tasty, sugary liquid they love so much.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (male)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.
Black-chinned Hummingbird (male)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (male). Too bad the light was dull.
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird

One day I was standing out on the deck with, my long lens, trying to capture one of the Hummers. A Hummer decided to check me out and then checked out the entire length of the lens. Too comical and so close. If only I had a photo of that experience!

Until next time, spend time doing what you love to do!

5 thoughts on “~A few minutes spent doing what I love most!”

  1. It’s so good to hear from you Sheila. And I especially happy you have had such a fun and peaceful summer. I love the birds in your backyard…great captures of the hummingbirds! I find myself grabbing for the camera every time I sit outside. Just hoping for the perfect hummingbird photo. The Red-breasted Nuthatch is too dang cute!

  2. Glad to hear you enjoyed your summer. Here on the east coast we enjoy watching the hummers, too. We only get ruby throat but they sure so much fun to watch zooming around and keeping the others away from “their” feeder.

    Safe travels and I hope you enjoy a warm winter

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