Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tiny Gems



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 jewel thief
 backflips,then vanishes
with the rubies.


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     The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only hummingbird to visit my part of North America.  The male is an iridescent green with a brilliant red  throat which is only visible if the light catches it just right.







  They are notoriously difficult to photograph.  I have taken thousands of shots over the past 6 or 7 years and have never been satisfied with my photos.  These are the best of the lot.  Unfortunately, I have never caught a clear photo of the bird's jeweled neck, illuminated by the sun.


    Earlier in the summer, I wrote a poem posted here: DEAR RUBY-THROAT  shortly after the first hummer showed up in my yard.  They usually hang out with us until about October 5th or 6th.  Then they depart, following summer to the Southern Hemisphere.


   Today's haiku is a response to the prompt at HAIKU HEIGHTS . The word is 'hummingbird.'

 


21 comments:

  1. I love the swiftness of these birds ... they are really quick and agile :-)

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  2. Lovely elegant haiku - and the photos are also very good, I think. We have no hummingbirds at all, so I am jealous!

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  3. So beautiful... loved the pictures and so well said... such a Jewel thief.. Super cute!!
    Thanks for sharing all the pictures and information about this particular Humming Bird!
    Gracious Always..

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  4. What a sweet thought about the hummingbird. Nicely done. And I enjoyed your write and photos as well. Very nice.

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  5. The words you used to describe that hummingbird are priceless. A total surprise and I think brrrrrrrrrriliant!

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  6. I've always wanted to try bird watching!

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  7. I love the haiku. I hope that agile little jewel thief doesn't run into a cat burgler...

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  8. Your Jewel Thief is so sweet and joy. My best wishes.

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  9. No bird police, I hope!
    I like your pics, thanks for sharing. Wish we had hummingbirds here...
    :)


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  10. what a sweet little jewel thief..wonderful pick of words...

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  11. Elusive jeweled neck. Fun haiku. I enjoyed it.

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  12. Brilliant haiku and photographs, amazing x loved it x thank you

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  13. Nice haiku, and really great photos. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Beautiful... and thanks for sharing the information! Natural wonders can be really spellbinding!

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  15. Love this, Barbara--tiny jewel thieves that they are--I will miss them until next year...

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  16. Lovely post with haiku and photos.

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