SOOC Saturday–The Guardian

She sits in the tree nearest the feeder, fiercely guarding the precious, life-giving red nectar. When other hummingbirds approach, she takes off like an arrow, chasing them away before they have a chance to snatch even a sip. She knows that soon, she will take off on a journey that humans can’t even imagine, flying thousands of miles over the Gulf to Mexico. Godspeed, little jewel; you are truly a princess warrior.

For more SOOC (straight out of the camera, no editing or cropping allowed) pictures and perspectives, visit Melody at Slurping Life.

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13 responses to this post.

  1. OH! Hummingbirds are my absolute favorite! That is a lovely capture. Well done.

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  2. This is gorgeous!!
    I love hummingbirds!

    Best,
    Lisa

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  3. Well this little Jewelz, things that little jewel is precious….
    Amazing capture. I L♡VE everything about it!
    We unfortunately, are not blessed with hummingbirds in Australia :0(

    Thanks for the lovely comment over at my place. Now I ‘sort of get’ what you meant by doing a photo book…and I think it’s an awesome idea. However, you clearly have some idea of what you would do in your mind…would you mind dropping me a line…or popping back to my place and sharing your idea in more detail. I think it’s a great idea…as a mother AND an educator.

    Thank you for sharing your photos and your thoughts

    Cheers
    Jewelz

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  4. GORGEOUS picture and lovely thought
    She is a beauty

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  5. Great shot Pam D.

    Are you absolutely certain sure that it is a she???? LOL

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  6. Fabulous capture! I love hummingbirds and have never been able to photograph them properly.

    Fly little one. Safe journey.

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  7. Just beautiful!!

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  8. Posted by Sue G on September 5, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Beautiful. Both the photo and the fact that you noticed. Two of life’s precious gifts…skill and knowledge.

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  9. WOW oh WOW.

    I had no idea what a treat I was in for, clicking over here.

    You went all professional National Geographic on me! That is just stunning.

    I love those jewel tones and how she blends yet stands out from the foliage.

    (Though your captions made me recall a teacher’s claims that hummingbirds were actually pretty mean creatures, ha ha).

    Just stunning… I hope one day they have a theme on Iheartfaces for you to blow them away with this shot.

    Unbelievable, my friend. Truly frameworthy.

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  10. And please ignore my dear Mr. Daddy. He should know that if she’s standing guard over some yummy food, it most definitely IS a she. Just sayin’ 🙂

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  11. You know me I just can’t stay out of it…LOL

    That might be an Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) and not a Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

    I am by no means a hummingbird expert, but I looked it up. If it is you are in luck as this particular breed is a resident bird, and they say that it’s habitat is increasing. It’s original range was along the Pacific Coast from northern Baja California to San Francisco Bay: now breeds north to Vancouver Island, East to Arizona.

    maybe you have been blessed with a resident hummingbird.

    I know that we have them around here, but I can’t remember seeing one other than in the spring or summer.

    I am not saying that it is for sure but the coloring is sure more to the Anna’s than the Rufuos.

    No matter which one it is, it is a great shot…And you have Rach all jealous of your new lense…(thanks for the great idea for next Christmas or her Birthday) LOL

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  12. Awesome catch on this little guy. I love hummingbirds. They are so full of energy and life…..so much fun to watch. Thanks for sharing.
    Pam

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  13. Very lovely.

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