Saturday, June 19, 2010
The Hummingbird Dance
It looks like summer is definitely here for a while, with temperatures during the day hitting the mid-90's, and only dropping down to the low 70's at night. It's that time of year when you expect to hear Janis Joplin start singing "Summertime, and the livin' is easy......." when you walk outside in the evening and it still feels like a sauna. As difficult as the summer heat can be to handle, I still prefer it to the snows of NH that I grew up with!
Georgia has some peculiar new watering laws, which require landscape watering between 4 PM and 10 AM (don't ask......), so I went outside around 8 o'clock last night to turn the sprinkler on. It was not dark yet, so some of the yellow and orange flowers were positively glowing in the dusky light.
Almost as soon as the water started, it was as if a floodgate had opened, and at least a dozen hummingbirds appeared in various spots around the garden, all aiming for the sprays of the water! They found their perfect dancing spot, bouncing between the monarda and crocosmia, both those intense colors they like and the perfect shape for sipping nectar.
Standing there watching the hummingbirds waltz with the lightning bugs somehow made the heat more tolerable, and I ended up staying outside watching for almost an hour.
(I didn't have my camera, so please forgive the stock hummingbird photo from Audubon).