Summer Obsession

I did not realize how long it has been since I posted anything! Summer is a tough time. It is hot out and it is not my favorite time of the year to be stumping around looking for animals. Combine that with some family visits and other distractions, makes for a two month absence.

I have been hanging out in my backyard with my camera and favorite summer obsession; Hummingbirds.

Last fall I replacedΒ a lotΒ of my shrubs with plants guaranteed to attract hummingbirds and waited anxiously all winter and spring to, one, see if they survived and thrived, two, if they really attracted the tiny birds. Yes and yes to all questions. I have a plethora of birds buzzing, eatingΒ  and fighting in my backyard.

I planted Agastache Blue Blazes, Agastache Desert Solstice and Monarda Bee Balm. The Hummers love them all.

These are a few of my favorite photos so far.

35 thoughts on “Summer Obsession

  1. Amazing photos! Those are beautiful shots!

    It’s always great when the hummingbirds fly in. I’ll hear them chirping and buzzing around. I’ve had luck planting trumpet vines. They seem to like those. They fly from one end of the yard to the other.

    1. Thank you! Once they get used to you they pretty much ignore you and let you get quite close. They often buzz me and fly right up to my face and hover there. I set up a chair close to the plants with a good book and enjoy the show. πŸ™‚

  2. Best hummer photos I’ve seen in a long, long time. In California I had hanging fuchsias on the porch, and hummers were constantly fighting over them. I’ve only ever shot one halfway decent hummer photo though!

      1. I do have hummers, and they drain the feeder quickly because although I have a couple of acres I so far have been unable to persuade any of the wildflowers that they like to take up residence here! I think I’m going to have to get a new gas tank for the tiller to replace the one that some varmint chewed into last winter (really!) and turn over the soil so it will be more encouraging to wildflower seeds.

  3. As far as summer obsessions go, this is an excellent choice. Happy to hear that you are reaping the rewards of your new landscape. The hummer on Monarda is superb, my favorite.

  4. Love those hummers!!! Totally understand about the not wanting to go out in the heat thang. It’s ok to take a blog break, no worries! PS, do you know what kind of hummingbird this is? I’m guessing female and possibly Anna’s but I can’t be sure of the relative size. Do you get the smaller Allen’s over there? I miss seeing these beautiful little birds. NY has only one and I rarely get them in our yard. Enjoy yours!!!

    1. Thanks Lori! πŸ™‚ I think it is ‘s a female Black-chinned. It could be an Anna’s as well. They are difficult to tell apart. I have lots of Rufous right now too. I will post some of those soon.

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