SBS : ~Broad-tailed Hummingbird ~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~ Broad-tailed Hummingbird ~

"I wish this itch would go away"
“I wish this itch would go away”

In my garage I have several Hummingbird feeders hanging on pegs collecting dust. Several, because every time I visit a hardware store, I mossy over and look at the feeders and there is usually a cute one just asking me to take it home. I blame Howard the hubby, because he likes to go to hardware stores. If I was being honest, so do I. In fact I love going to hardware stores.

 

Well, just maybe this one will help keep the bees and wasps away, I tell myself. So one comes home with me and after a few tries it goes on the peg next to a couple more. I just hate seeing the bees chasing the Hummingbirds away. I don’t worry too much, because throughout this spring and summer we have had several Hummers hanging out in the yard enjoying the flowers I planted just for them.

 

Howard, said one day “Why don’t you hang up some of your feeders for them?” Oh jeez “here we go again.”

 

Back in the early part of spring, at the time I brought an Oriole feeder, I also bought the very best Hummer feeding mix on the market; however, I won’t mention the name. So I got out my feeders, washed them really well, filled them using this mix and hung two feeders up, one in the front yard and one in the back. Gotta keep the hubby happy!

 

Guess what? The Hummers would take one sip and fly away not to return to the feeder. The bees, wasps and the House Finches loved my attempt at feeding the tiny guys. I have never seen the House Finches enjoying the Hummer feeder as I have this year. I know the importance of the honey bees and don’t want to cause any harm to them, but I just wish they would leave the Hummers alone while they are trying to eat.

 

One afternoon last week, around happy hour, hubby and I were sitting out on the deck watching one of the ignored, cute hummer feeders I had filled with pretty red liquid. Howard says “I don’t think they like that stuff. Why don’t you try mixing your own food for them? Okay, I say. I can see that they just don’t like the pretty red liquid in my cute little feeder.  

 

Last Sunday I mixed up a batch using the recommended blend of one cup of water to four teaspoons of sugar. I filled the two feeders with my blah, white blend and we waited to see how the Hummingbirds would react to my new offering. Almost immediately we had several female Broad-tailed Hummers declare their claim to these feeders. Yeah! Finally!

 

These females have been busy scouting, eating, fighting and resting. They are so much fun to watch. Just wondering how much longer, this season, they will be around.

 

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (female)

bird on a wire

such a tiny life full of fire

female without doubt

During this past week I was able to capture a few images of a Hummer as she sat on one of Howard’s Amateur Ham Radio antennas. They seem to love perching there, I believe, because it is high and the perfect scouting post.

 

After taking a few photos the other day and now looking at their facial expressions it is amusing and makes me wonder, what are they thinking. I wonder if a female Hummer could talk what would she say?

 

I caught her as she was flying away. I was playing around with the colors of the background.
I caught her as she was flying away. I was playing around with the colors of the background.

Last Images from Tuesday’s Trip to Rocky…..

I am so very lucky to live in such a beautiful area `the Colorado Rockies

A Beautiful old Tree Stump
A Beautiful old Tree Stump

once beautiful tree

had lived many seasons

beauty in its death

Canyon Walls in the Big Thompson Canyon
Canyon Walls in the Big Thompson Canyon
Big Thompson River
Big Thompson River
Steller's Jay (very agitated because of the Crow)
Steller’s Jay (very agitated because of the Crow)
American Crow - looking pretty ragged
American Crow – looking pretty ragged
Another Hiking Path (dark clouds are to the left of this image)
Another Hiking Path (dark clouds are to the left of this image)
Upper Beaver Meadows. Why would anyone start out with clouds looking like that? See his wife down the path?
Upper Beaver Meadows. Why would anyone start out with clouds looking like that? See his wife down the path?
Meadow in Summer Colors
Meadow in Summer Colors

Devil’s Backbone…..

Devil's Backbone as seen from the trailhead parking lot
Devil’s Backbone as seen from the trailhead parking lot

Less than a mile from my house, our first stop on Tuesday morning on the drive through the Big Thompson Canyon, toward Rocky Mountain National Park, was the trailhead leading to one of Loveland’s gorgeous open space areas. 

 

This area is called the Devil’s Backbone. The area gets it’s name from the unique rock formations called Flatirons. It is believed that the first settlers to this area arrived in 1858 creating farming settlements around the Devil’s Backbone and the Big Thompson River. Flatirons were given their name by these pioneer women, because the flat, jetted peaks reminded them of their metal irons. Not sure how these Flatirons were named The Devil’s Backbone.

 

The Devil’s Backbone Open Space area consists of 2,198 acres and lies in a beautiful valley just west of Loveland. As you hike, bike, bird, eat a picnic lunch or just sit taking in the view, you can’t help being overwhelmed by the areas serene beauty. I can’t wait to hike this area and to capture both a sunset and sunrise photo.

I can't believe how green our area is this year!
I can’t believe how green our area is this year!
You can just make one of the hiking trails
You can just make one of the hiking trails
A close-up of some of the Flatirons
A close-up of some of the Flatirons

WP:~Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep~

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon

Yesterday, as we were driving through the Big Thompson Canyon, west of Loveland, Colorado, heading up to Rocky Mountain National Park these sheep could be seen from the road.

We stopped to photograph them, which was a first for me. Two ewes were along side the road and the other ewe was up the canyon wall about thirty feet.

Bighorn sheep are named for the large, curved horns borne by the rams (males). Ewes (females) also have horns, but they are shorter with less curvature. They range in color from light brown to grayish or dark, chocolate brown, with a white rump and lining on the backs of all four legs. (as described on the wikipedia web-site).

These images are of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep; they are large, with males occasionally exceeding 500 pounds and females exceeding 200 pounds.

Pretty Face - Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon
Pretty Face – Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe) something has her attention
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe). What does she see?
I think I have her attention; she was very high up the cliff.
I think I have her attention; she was very high up the cliff.
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep eating grass (ewe)
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep eating grass (ewe)
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe)
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe)
Off she goes leaving the other two!
Off she goes leaving the other two!
Just for fun!
Just for fun!

The Big Thompson Canyon is beautiful and rugged. I hope these images give you a feel of how the canyon looks during the summer.  With all of our rain this spring and summer the lush grasses and other vegetation are plentiful. Good for them, good for us!

FP:~Wildflowers in Rocky Mountain National Park~

The morning started out cool and beautiful with white puffy clouds floating like mysterious shapes in the azure sky. The stillness and quiet enhancing the allure to get out. So I got out and drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park to take a few photos. I spotted these wildflowers, growing among the trees, just off a trail.

Purple & Pink Wildflower
Purple & Pink Wildflower

seed, rain and light

entice many colors, so bright

purple, pink delight

White Wildflower
White Wildflower

wildflower in white

beauty growing in the sun

leaves a happy thought

Yellow & Orange Wildflower
Yellow & Orange Wildflower

yellow and orange

smiling swaying with the breeze

its sunny side up

Aspen Tree
Aspen Tree

nature leaves its mark

patterns display happenings

scared old aspen tree

White Yarrow
White Yarrow
Black & White
Black & White

I tried to find the names of these wildflowers, but didn’t have any luck. If you know what they are, please let me know.

Additional photos from Rocky to share tomorrow.

SBS: ~Eurasian Collared -Dove ~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~Eurasian Collared -Dove ~

This afternoon, while sitting on my deck, I was treated to some Dove Love. How fitting since it is my Anniversary!

Eurasian Collared-Dove (female)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (female)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair)
Female asking for a kiss
Female asking for a kiss
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair kissing)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair kissing)

This image was not real sharp and I wanted to include it to show the mating behavior so I decided to make it sepia

Beautiful Love Birds
Beautiful Love Birds
Love Birds doing what Love Birds do
Love Birds doing what Love Birds do

With love and commitment we enter into thirty-ninth year…..

Banyan Tree
Strong Roots

Miracle of life

Children are born and like roots of strong trees our foundations are formed

We live our young lives with love of family teaching us right from wrong

Success is release

A treasured gift given with love to choose our path

 

Support
and Support

Miracle of life

Finding a partner to share your life, how lucky am I to have found mine

Success is balance

His reserve and quite to my emotional and talkative side

His pause to leap, to my hang-on lets go

Fondness of nature
My Love

Miracle of life

Our partnership of respect, love, devotion and individualism

Success is commonality

A sense of adventure and a joy for simplicity

A fondness for finding beauty in nature and a wonder of the universe

Our path together continues
With adventure and simplicity our path continues

 

Wonder
Wonder

 

Miracle of life

Celebrating this day

Success is commitment

On our special day years ago we took our vows to share our lives

With love and commitment we enter into our thirty-ninth year

Entering of 39th year of marriage
Entering of 39th year of marriage with love and commitment

Enjoying retirement: On The Road & At Home