Thursday, June 19, 2008

Time to fly


It hardly seems normal—this wave of comfortably cool air that has settled across our area. June’s mugginess, which I’ve come to dread, has been replaced by, “pleasantness,” in the weatherman’s words, that is not to be expected in an Ohio River summer. And, though these dense woods are now lush with leaves, there is a freshness with each breeze that is more like the North Woods of my younger years, than the Midwest.
I wonder if time will ever soften the sharpness of that change—if steamy summers will ever become what I cherish.
Or if we learn to love what we first know--best.


It’s almost time to fly.
The walnut-sized nest is filled to the brim.


Changing position has become like a sword fight in a phone booth.


But, for now, a safe place for a nap.
For now, it’s still home.



Thanks to Wigger's World for hosting Skywatch Friday each week at his site!

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39 comments:

Kerri said...

Wow Nina! These are the most amazing shots! I am in AWE!
Fabulous job of capturing them!!

scienceguy288 said...

Wonderful photos. Glad your weather is "pleasant."

bobbie said...

Your sky is fabulous.
Hummingbird nests are magic. They just fascinate me, and your pictures are beyond compare.

NCmountainwoman said...

I am absolutely delighted and amazed by the pictures. I've never before seen a nest full of baby hummingbirds. What a treat! The photographs are outstanding. Thanks for sharing them.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What an image you projected in my mind with "sword fight in a phone booth". I can just see it.

I have only seen one hummingbird nest. They are certainly tiny works of art. They remind me of lichen covered stones.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Thank you for being a part of Sky Watch this week, your post and comments are much appreciated.
Tom ;O)

I need to call back and take all these in.. again. :O)

Anemone said...

SO !! Great to watch !!

Hugs from Anne in Norway.

Max-e said...

Nice series of pics Nina. We once had a pair of humming birds in our yard that were raising a cuckoo. The cuckoo was about four times their size and very demanding - they worked very hard to raise their little parasite.

Beverly said...

What a lovely post...and such visions you conjure! LOL

I have never seen a hummingbird nest, but understand they are sort of spongy and soft and expand a bit as the nestlings grow. I'm sure you don't want to while the nest is full, but would you tell us about the texture and design of the tiny thing when the birds fledge? I wonder if it is 'stretchy'.

Beverly

SandyCarlson said...

You have quite an amazing eye!

Petunia said...

Very nice:)
Great series!

Petunia's SWF post

Daniel J Santos said...

Beautiful blue and beautiful green.

Ida said...

Beautiful BLUE sky. :)
Wise words as well.
Made me wonder.... ;)

Carletta said...

Wonderful - sky and nest!

It's been pleasant here in WV too!

Sherry said...

Fabulous sky shot, and the hummingbird babies are amazing. It's great that you were able to capture that!

Pretty Life Online said...

Fantastic one! We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened... mine's up too hope you can drop by. Happy SWF!

esnorway said...

nice shots

Rose said...

We have had that same refreshing weather you talk about, and had some skies almost like these. Almost too beautiful for words.

I almost think we love best what we first loved...I really love the Indiana skies and the farming scenes, but I still miss my Tennessee Mountains. I never really settled into here till I had children. And a place or two to go fishing that was nearby.

Kathiesbirds said...

Nina, beautiful photos all around, from puffy cloud skies to lush green canopy. The comment about the "sword fight in a phone booth" cracked me up, but I would have to disagree with you about loving what we know first. For me, I did not find my place to love until I was almost 30 years old. It was Idaho and I had never been there before. Check out the poem I wrote about it on http://kathiespoettree.blogspot.com It was my skywatch post a couple of weeks ago. It is called Idaho, My Love. If I was clever, I'd add the link here, but I don't know how to do that!

Lilli & Nevada said...

all the photos are very nice.I like the first one

Mary said...

OH!!!! Look at that little cup filled with emeralds! You know this is very special to me...

Thank you!

We've had a cool down, too, Nina. It'll be nice for a few days :o)

Mary

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Such wonderful colors... wow... so impressive.... WOW

Island Rambles Blog said...

i love the first one, but was taken in by the tiny hummingbirds..lovely...mine are all gone now.

Ladynred said...

Wonderful blue sky. love the bright color.
Scrapbooking and Photography

Anne-Berit said...

Wonderful photos!

Larry D said...

Fantastic sky, We have had humming birds nest nearby this year as well. Their nests amaze me.

Suzanne said...

These are great photos. Happy SWF.

Q said...

Happy Solstice!
These are wonderful pictures. So sweet. I wouldn't want to leave them. I would want to camp out and be right there when the little ones took flight.
Fantastic!
I am so happy for you.
Joy!
Sherry

Jerez said...

Nina, I have a blog, Cloudhidden linked to my Mukilteo Blog with NW scenes...all over the place..it has been my blog for years, one of learning about html, sidebars, etc, (not on commenting)...you might like to use it to get ideas about your trip this fall...Any questions write me here and we'll share emails..

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Your hummingbird photos are amazing and heart-warming to view. Thank you for sharing them with us.

I always very much enjoy reading your narrative comments; you not only have a way with a lens but also with words. It's a pleasure to visit your blog.

Naturegirl said...

Nina I love your blue sky! Here we are experiencing grey grey and more grey skies :(
a blue sky girl!

mon@rch said...

Love the sky and those baby Hummingbirds . . . awwww!

Stephanie said...

i love the clouds

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! Your sky watch is stunning.

The little hummers are so cute. I wish that I could find a nest. At my work, there are five swallow nests. Two have little ones. Well in the one nest, they aren't so little anymore. I will probably be posting about them over the weekend. Enjoy those hummers. They'll be gone before you know it. Lisa

Wendy said...

Those photos are absolutely beautiful. Lucky you to have captured those sweet hummers. Happy summer!

Nita said...

Those are beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing! My very "first" entry is up as well. Hope to see you there!

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Lana G! said...

Fantastic shots!!!

Old Wom Tigley said...

This was a truely great post.. that tiny little nest is a work of art.. I really I'm impressed... you have a great eye for nature and an excellent way of presenting it here...
Tom

Lea said...

I'd never seen an occupied hummingbird nest... until today.
Thank you so much for the effort you've put forth to capture these images.