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It was a lovely Saturday – but very busy at my favorite place to hideaway – Butterfly World.  And, oh! the Hummingbirds were busy, too.  Well, maybe not too busy, because three of them stood so still, allowing me to click, click, click away at them as they perched so patiently.

At one point, one of the hummers, only as big as my thumb, got about four feet from me, balancing in mid air, his wings going 60 Mph!   It was the Rufuos Hummer that honored me with that little show.  I didn’t want to move a muscle for fear I’d startle him.  Then, before I even thought to bring my camera up to shoot him, he was gone!  But I found him again.  He perched on a tiny branch and just sat there so patiently while I shot. He was at a bit of a distance, but I have a good zoom lens.

I was able to capture the variety of colors these hummingbirds wear depending upon how the sun hits them.   The pigment in the feathers of a Hummingbird is unlike that of any other bird. The color we see in the hummer is a result of the pure pigment in their feathers.

So, depending upon how the sun hits the pigment, the color changes. You will be able to see this pretty clearly in the Rufuos hummer pictures – there are two bright orange dots on his breast that sometimes look black or green.

The hummingbirds you will see here are three different varieties:  The Rufuos (the smallest of all), The Broad-Tailed hummer (with the purplish bib), and finally, I got a shot of a bigger than normal hummer – I forgot to notice his variety, but I know he is referred to as a Giant hummer, even though he’s still tiny, at about 4 inches.

I also have a series of pictures of bees on a passion flower.  This flower is called: Passiflora Inspiration.

I don’t feel too much like writing about the Casey Anthony case today – I’m far too consumed in the wonders of these birds, bees, and flowers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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