Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Approaching Fall/Nature Notes

 Juvenile ruby-throated hummingbird

OK, no ruby on this kid's throat that's true. Only adult males are allowed to wear rubies, this species, anyway.

 Waiting for its chance at a feeder

Apparently many of the ruby-throated adults have left for Central America already, but the juvies are still here duking it out for needed calories in order to follow their older relatives.

Last week of summer, officially

Since the hummingbird stayed long enough for me to take several photos, it deserves to be today's featured guest. Kinda cute, don't you think?

Meanwhile here in Ontario, a few autumn wildflowers continue to bloom along the roadsides.  Moving clockwise: purple New England asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae). pink New England asters (I think); spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa). smartweed (Polygonum) and yarrow (Achillea) .


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23 comments:

Andy said...

Nice group of photos Camera Girl. Fall sure is creeping up on us. It's a pleasant time of year.

Elizabeth Edwards said...

love the grouping there. so lovely. so ready for fall. my fav season. such fun!! (:

Lowell said...

Hummingbirds are notoriously hard to capture. You've done a great job and I love the collage which is excellent as usual!

Rebecca said...

Gee, it is hard to find one sitting still for very long!

TexWisGirl said...

some of ours have left texas, too.

i love those purple asters! we get the white variety here.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Even the juveniles are pretty. Love all those wildflowers.

LONDONLULU said...

It's hard to believe autumn is basically upon us! These have that lovely autumnal feel - gorgeous warm colors. It's a favorite time of year :)

eileeninmd said...

Yes, the juvie hummer deserves to be the star. Looks like it is a juvie male, there is a small dark spot in the middle of its throat. Beautiful images!

Sue said...

These are gorgeous!

=)

Viola said...

I just fell in love of your collage! =) and the bird as well as the flowers are a gift of nature! :)

Stephanie said...

Love the collage! Did you do the collage on Picasa? I probably have already asked that question.

Gill - That British Woman said...

have too say I have learned something new today, by reading this post, thanks for the education,

Gill

Carver said...

The juvenile hummer is adorable and definitely a good one to feature. I also always enjoy your nature collages.

Pat said...

This is a beautiful shot of the ruby-throated hummingbird youngster. I really like the way you featured him in the collage with the lovely wildflowers.

Rohrerbot said...

As I read this, I'm cleaning the hummingbird feeders for tomorrow. They've been hitting the feeders hard this week.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Kinda cute, indeed. What a pretty little bird, wish we saw them here.

kaye said...

I think it is amazing that you can get that close for a picture. I love it. the flowers are so pretty.

Snowcatcher said...

Spectacular hummingbird shots!!! They are so difficult to capture. (On camera; I would never try to catch one, although they are the cutest little things.) I also am jealous you still have so many flowers abounding, particularly being so far north!

Rambling Woods said...

I haven't seen any hummers lately but am keeping my feeders clean and filled..The asters I planted are blooming now too..thank you for you good wishes regarding my Mother..Michelle

MyMaracas said...

Great shot of that hummer. Ours are mostly gone now, and I miss them already. You've really shown the beauty in those wildflowers, too.

Rose said...

Wonderful shots....

jewaicious said...

What beautiful captures of the sweet faced one.

Loredana Donovan said...

The hummingbird really posed for you, how cute!

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