We’re almost to the end of 2011 and I’m feeling reflective. The backyard continues to be a great source of enjoyment. This Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) and zinnia image captures one of many magical moments I’ve experienced.
I was in the backyard, camera in hand, looking for butterflies on the zinnias, when the hummingbird appeared. I felt lucky to capture this image before it whisked away.
Was it feeding on nectar or was it looking for insects for its young? I don’t know, but I like this haiku by my friend Beth.
An open-faced bowl,
Zinnia quenches the thirst
of beauty in flight.
by Beth Bailey
Here’s to special memories of the past and the possibilities of the future. What were your favorite garden experiences in 2011?