safari in my backyard!

Since becoming a homeowner, I’ve started to appreciate things that had never crossed my mind, not the least of which is plants and yard work. Beyond that, I am exceptionally excited about the birds! I know it sounds strange, but I have been fortunate enough to have two very special experiences since we moved in…and now I find myself in love with them. Our home backs up to a green belt that is chock full of birds and this spring some cardinals decided to join our family by making a nest in the crape myrtle in the backyard. I had the unique opportunity to witness the entire process, from eggs to precious living baby birds! I have even found myself getting a little too carried away at one point, standing in the backyard furiously yelling at a hawk overhead to leave my babies alone! Honestly, I could not make this up if I tried! Since I am…well…ME, I took entirely too many pictures of the baby birds in their progression of life. I really can’t help it. This is what I do. :-) Here is a little tribute to our other family members from this spring!

My latest bird watching expedition in the backyard is with the hummingbirds! For the past couple of weeks I have noticed them chasing each other relentlessly when I take the puppies outside and I was finally inspired to take some initiative. One trip to Wally World and a giant sticky mess later and we are the proud owners of a hummingbird feeder, full of sugary goodness for our little friends. My husband has been getting a huge kick out of my treks into the backyard in vain attempts to capture these incredibly fast little guys on film. Let me tell you, this is NOT an easy task and I have a new found respect for nature photographers! There was one scary moment when I found myself ducking and praying that I was not going to get my eyes pecked out! It has been an interesting adventure to say the least and while my safari efforts have not exactly yielded the perfect picture, I would say this is not bad for a first shot!


Holly Rockett said...

I think the hummingbird photos are great! Have I told you my hummingbird story? If not, remind me to tell you sometime. I can just picture the scene of you in your back yard trying to catch all of this action on film - ducking and all! Next time I am home during the day, I will probably find myself on the back porch watching for you! Haha!


Anonymous said...

The hummingbirds are so cute!!! But my fav pic is the one of the 2 litlle brown speckled eggs in the nest. I love the texture of it! the green leaves, the straw and stuff of the nest! it's just beautiful! you are truly talented. You surprise me everyday with what you see from behind your lens!!!

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