Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Nature Notes: Elusive Hummers, Fairy Asters, Seeds and such
I've had more hummingbirds than ever in my garden this year but not much luck photographing them.
Ironic how hard they can be to shoot because they practically run into me. I will be in my garden and whoosh, another near miss with a hummer.
Soon the hummers will leave for the winter so I decided to post this series of shots I took this morning, although none of them are good. The action sequence was taken within about 30 seconds with me click, click, clicking as the hummer darted overhead.
I recently found out that a common name for aster vimenius is Fairy Aster. I love it and will be able to remember that name unlike its longer harder one to remember.
Fairy Asters are a treat for me in September and October when they bloom, covering large sections of my garden in their tiny white flowers. These are both macro shots but the flowers are very tiny and they form shrub like mounds that almost look like snow hills.
The fairy asters have just started to bloom and it will be at least a week or so before they give me snow like hills of blooms. The mimosa tree below, with its seeds dangling down, illustrates why mimosa trees sprout up all over the place. I have several that I've let grown as volunteers from my neighbor's seeds which I imagine a bird dropped.
We've been getting a lot of rain off and on, and I always love to photograph the rain drops on flowers and leaves. The hibiscus blossom below is one of many still in bloom.
Redbud trees are another that I have volunteer all over the place from the proficient seeds the mature ones drop in the summer. I like the heart shaped leaves from the redbud. Many are already turning yellow and dropping but some like the one below are still green.
I guess I'll end with a shot of some of the grasses which are brown going to seed. I still have tall green grasses with plumes too. September is the time of a little bit of everything where I live.
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