|Snow fell in the night.
|A visiting grandson wanted to play outside.
|My camera came. We all had a good time.
|I am not happy with the latest visitors to our hummingbird feeder.
|Fortunately, we keep two feeders, and so far the yellow jackets don't bother this one.
|While working on a lesson this morning, with the back door open, the sound of the hummingbirds beckoned me outside.
|I don't want these little guys hindered when they eat.
|We do have a solution, which seems to be helping. We also knocked down a large nest a few nights ago, but it was in pouring rain, and my camera refused to go outside.
|Fortunately, some of the things outside my back door need no maintenance at all.
|I was working on my Sunday School lesson this morning. The back door is open because I know I have a sprinkler issue and the sprinkler comes on for 60 seconds at 7:58. But look who was there.
|Action at the feeders can escape my attention with the door closed, but with the door open, it's surprising how much noise hummingbirds can make.
|I took my camera outside with me to check the sprinkler.
|This is a black-chinned hummingbird, the male, and perhaps because he was so revved up from dealing with the Rufous, he buzzed me!
|She came over for a look, too. I think in my pajamas I would make a non-threatening target, but gosh, I had to duck.
|And there in front of my eyes was this guy! If I didn't need to work on this lesson, I could have spent more time outside.
|The hummingbirds made quite a disturbance at the feeder this morning.
|My husband spotted a Rufous. The one from last week had moved on, so this guy was new.
|My company is gone, so I didn't have anyone to help me with the camera settings.
|I did my best.
|We have learned that the Rufous hummingbirds are very territorial.
|This guy has chosen one of our feeders, and he won't let any other birds near it.
|The sun was up, but not far enough. I wanted to see his bright red neck.
|This time I felt like my camera was cooperating, but it's hard to move that sun into place.
|I don't think the birds are playing. This guy is actually mean.
|I took one last picture and then went inside for ten minutes. Just ten minutes, is all.
|When I stepped back outside, all was calm.
|This is a black-chinned hummingbird.
|The green bird is actually the female of that species. Honest. I looked it up.
|So of course they let each other come and go without any problems.
|I was holding still, looking through my camera. I thought the bird on the right was the Rufous.
|I was so surprised that they were peacefully sharing a meal. Only when I looked at my photos did I realize the Rufous had left the scene.
|Sometimes I don't feel like I have the time to watch the birds. I'm glad I do it anyway.
|My husband has been watching this Roufus for days.
|He is very territorial and has been chasing the other hummingbirds from one of the feeders.
|A son and his wife spent an hour with my camera this afternoon, capturing the drama.
|This was amazing.
|The Roufus is beautiful.
|When chasing the other hummingbirds, we could hardly see him in flight.
|We didn't see any birds actually get hurt.
|I can say that I'm glad this guy wasn't going after me.
|The other hummingbirds sit and drink to their heart's content at the other feeder, but not at this one. They race in and race out.
|On some of his passes by the feeder, our Roufus would grab a bite.
|My daughter-in-law changed all the settings on my camera in order to take these pictures.
|It was worth it.
|The sun was perfect, too.
|As a final gesture, Mr. Roufus stuck his tongue out at us.
|I'm having one of those days. You know what I mean.
|A contractor is working on my AC, but he has the heat on.
|I'm not asking questions.
|I stepped outside for some cool air only to be bombarded by sawing from a neighbor's project.
|The hummingbirds were undisturbed by any of this.
|They were blissfully unaware of a sprinkler line that broke this morning, shooting water at high pressure under my front door into the house.
|Until I found the source of the enormous noise the shooting water was making, I thought a monster was pounding at the door.
|I have been working for years to get my camera to focus on the hummingbirds.
|This morning, I focused on the hummingbirds.
|I became oblivious to the noise from the saw.
|The air around me became peaceful and calm.
|For just a few moments, I was peaceful.
|I should do this more often.