Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Reward for Patience



I have been wishing upon every stray snowflake that I would wake up one morning to a cumulation of winter white. And this was my morning. Finally! I was beginning to think it wouldn't happen, but the snow gods have apparently heard my incessant begging and pleading, and graced us with a real taste of winter.

My car is stranded at the bottom of our very long and steep driveway, and it looks like it will stay there for several more days. So, I took my camera outside my front door where I could hear the hummingbirds chattering in the rhododendrons. I make sure to keep them fed this time of year when their little bodies need it most, and they get quite aggressive as they fight for rights to the feeder. If only I could reason with them and tell them that there is plenty for everyone.

I could hear this sweet little one muttering her annoyance with the snow, but it took me a while to find her amongst the heavy white branches. But there she was, in a little opening, perched upon a tiny twig, watching me as I watched her. She allowed me to get quite close...perhaps a favour for keeping her belly full.

Tomorrow, I might wander further than my front door. I must take every opportunity to capture the snow before these beautiful crystals turn to water and wash away all signs of a fleeting winter. The hummingbirds will be grateful to see it go, but I am happy as a wobbly penguin on this long awaited snow day.

25 comments:

  1. Oh.My.God.
    He is the sweetest little thing ever!! With his fluffy little belly! I can't believe he stayed still for a photo session. These photos made my day.
    I'm glad you got your snow day, Jaime. At least yours will be washed away soon. *grumble* xo

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  2. OH MY HEAVENS......these are the best photos i have seen in months....from anyone !!!

    quick, put a copyright on them. photos like this will get stolen or so i've heard....seriously.

    anyhow.....WOW WOW WOW !!.....i'm in love with your little miss...err mr. hummingbird.....

    hugs, beth

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  3. Beth took the words out of my mouth! I did not know that hummingbirds hung around in that winter weather. I love that first photo...she looks like she is coming out of a cloud. Your photos are just magical!

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  4. Oh Jaime ~ you have outdone yourself on these photos. Exquisite! This sweet little bird is so precious.

    But I must say... your enthusiasm for the snow clearly stems from not getting enough of it over the winter months my friend. Oh you softies from BC! :)

    Have fun talking your snow photos!
    xo Catherine

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  5. You have brought me to tears, mi amor... truly... such beauty is a gift and your generosity endless...

    :-)

    (((hugs))),
    love,
    me

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  6. I am stunned by the photos. Really, these are some of the most incredible photos on any blog. I don't know yet how to copyright my photos but I'm sure you do and you should! Please leave the front door because we are all breathlessly waiting. How rare to see a hummingbird in the winter time!

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  7. You should live in my country. There is more than enough snow for past three months :)

    As other said photos are very beautiful. May I ask what kind of lens do you use? Some zoom to be able to get so close to the bird?

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  8. Wow, what a fantastic shot you were able to get. So beautiful.

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  9. Rhayne, I won "The Versatile Award" for blogging last week from another blogger called "Fancy Flea". Part of the fun is to choose 7 bloggers that I really like and pass on the award.

    The details are in today's post. If you want to pass the award on, you link back to me and then choose 7 new bloggers that you like. It was fun and needless to say, I am in LOVE with your blog. So congratulations!

    P.S. I tried to take a piece of lavendar and laid it on a book like you did with the little flowers. My picture came out well enough but I can tell that you have a much better lense (as well as serious creative talent). I really want to upgrade my lens (bday in May!). Are you using something called a "macro" lense?

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  10. I have never seen a hummingbird in the snow...ours leave. You photos are truly breathtaking.

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  11. Jaime, I found your blog through "snippets of thyme" and I was completely amazed by your photos and writing. Both are fantastic, and oh! how lucky they are those people you take the pictures of. I love love love your blog, and will follow it closely.

    Nice to meet you,
    Sonia

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  12. I first saw your little hummer on Flickr and did wonder if that was snow on the leaves! It is indeed.... what great photos these are.

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  13. I never knew hummingbirds came in the snow.
    Lovely post

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  14. Lucky you! What an exquisite capture. And - yes - there is nothing like the beauty and of fresh white snow!

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  15. WOW - fantastic! I can just see you patiently crouching... letting the little one know it is safe... and in return she even poses :)

    I'm surprised you were able to comment on my broken blog ~ it is randomly changing and losing comments, that is my biggest regrets, losing the beautiful words others have shared :( But, I'm in the thick of learning wordpress and will soon have my new address up and running.

    I hope you got more winter shots before the melting, your photos (and words) always warm my heart ♥

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  16. This little hummingbird is exquisite! How fortunate to be able to get a photo. I've never seen them sit ... they're always flying so quickly.

    I'm happy that you got your snow. I'll look forward to seeing your snow photos! Enjoy! xo

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  17. Reward indeed! Amazing capture...as a friend of mine says 'these are most definitely wall worthy' LOL

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  18. How exquisite! She is most beautiful.

    So glad you got your snow day!

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  19. I am enchanted. Just now, I cannot wait for all the snow to disappear. But you made me appreciate for just a moment...

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  20. wow this is amazing. i've never thought of a hummingbird in the snow. these photographs are so wonderful.

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  21. stunning stunning stunning

    thank you for sharing these - i don't know how i've missed them

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  22. These are glorious, glorious photos. And this post stole my heart. You are a magical soul. xoxo Gigi

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  23. These photos are pure magic. But I have to say I'm with the hummingbirds! It's mid April and still cold here, and two days ago it snowed. I am quite ready for warmth and spring. =)

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  24. I have no words. You can always tell when your photos move me most because I visit and visit and take weeks to comment. What words can I say here? You, my friend, have such a gift!

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