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Hummingbird Garden (38)
jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-female
Archilochus colubris

Dedicated to Angelina and her garden

The Hummingbird
by Fiona McKimmy

Came the Spring, I picked a corner and
set my mind to making a flower
garden in the midst of this mass of
weeds unattended through
Winters toughening of the soil.
I tilled, and pulled, and turned, and broke, and bled...
The soil was perfect now...
But,alas! The puppy was fervent in her efforts to help me dig!
So I cut, and I sawed, and I nailed,
and created the most beautiful little picket fence with a gate...
and planted a tree...
and planted my flowers...
and tended and watered and weeded
and nurtured all through the Spring and Summer months...
To this day, this perfect Autumn morning,
while standing in my doorway,
sipping that first cup of coffee...
I saw the fast beating wings of that little faerie,
flitting from flower to flower...
was all worth it in that one moment.


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The Hummingbird Web Site

Hummingbird Legends

I just read that Hummingbirds are native only to the Western Hemisphere and that they don't exist in Europe, Asia or Africa. Is this true?


Exposure Setting: Manual
Lighting Conditions: Mostly Cloudy/Rain
f/stop: 4.8
Shutter Speed: 1/800
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 840mm[35mm]-equivilent
Auto Focus: Normal/Center-Zone/Continuous
Compression: Standard
White Balance: Daylight
Color: Natural
Sharpness: Normal
Tripod: No
Flash: Off
Megapixels: 6.0
Dimensions: 800 x 601
File Size: 189 KB
Date: August 29, 2007

Brightness adjusted, sharpened, 50% Neat Image noise reduction and resized for posting.

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jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Crop
Edited by:Kathleen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 375 W: 101 N: 68] (232)

Hi Jim.
Just a slight crop on the left to remove distracting blue pieces of flower and along the bottom to remove some bare stalks on flowers. This brings the hummingbird slightly closer also.

Kathleen

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jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Photosgop cs3
Edited by:marieproue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 615 W: 67 N: 437] (3674)

J'ai sélectionné l'oiseau avec la baguette magique, inversé la sélection, appliqué neat image. J'espère que cela ne te heurte pas . Merci
Marie