Sunday, September 25, 2016

My mom and I seen this lovely fellow out on our ride today.  =:)  He was very brave and didn't fly away when we passed by.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Okay, so this is my very first "attempt" at making some jewelry.  I'll keep this one for myself, because there are so many ungodly horrible mistakes in it.  It's my first fledgling venture at doing this, so I certainly can't expect perfection right out of the gate.  The skull marks and sand buffing will improve with time.  It's a starting point.  

Pac North Oregon 100

Some photos from our ride last weekend in Brothers, OR. Nettie did great! I was so happy with her!
She had a lot of "forward" at the start, so I held her back for the first 10-15 miles so she wouldn't wear herself out at 30-40 miles.  After that, it was smooth sailing all the way to the finish line for the rest of our ride.  Photo courtesy of Chelly Bouferrache of Trail Song Photography.   
A photo of our last loop, still chugging along great!  Photo courtesy of Chelly Bouferrache of Trail Song Photography.
Chowing down on her mash after the ride.  She's such a sweetie.  So proud of my little yellow broomtail!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Shake N Bake dressed out at a whopping 279 pounds - hanging weight! Live weight was somewhere around 370-80 pounds. She was a big one. We fed her REALLY well!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Angry Birds!

Well, I wasn't expecting a surprise like this in our little backyard hummer paradise.... the plot has officially thickened! 

Now there are TWO male hummingbirds squabbling over the nectar feeder.  There's a tiny new male "outsider" that showed up this afternoon, and he's trying to muscle in on the resident males territory.  They had an epic skirmish at the feeder, and I was thrilled to have a front row seat for this tiny little micro event.  For me, it was even better than an MMA fight.  The two little farts were very quick to throw-down.  They started buzzing and dive-bombing each other fiercely, and there was some tiny little angry trash-talking chirps, and basically they got right up in each others faces to lay the smack down.  It lasted a grand total of about a minute and a half.  I wanted to make popcorn and grab a chair, but I thought I'd miss the whole damn thing if I even blinked the wrong way for a split second.....

The challengers.

The stare-down, followed by some brief trash-talk on who's feeder it actually belonged to.

Mid-skirmish.  They're both in this picture, but it was so quick the camera could only capture one of them.

The 10th round was still undecided...

But then there was a winner.  I have no idea if it's the original male that was here first, or if this is the challenger.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The male hummingbird managed to sit still long enough for me to get a picture of him this morning!  It was a rare opportunity, because he usually never stays in one spot for very long.  He's a pretty little bird with a metallic green back and white tips at the end of his tail.  I guess that I'll have to come up with a name for him too...

My "el cheapo" Walmart camera strains and groans to get very clear photos when it has to zoom in such an enormous way

I'm glad that he felt comfortable enough to perch in the lilacs for awhile this morning.  Such a cute little handsome fellow.  =:)

And while I was taking photos of the male, Humma stopped by the feeder to grab a drink.  I'm bummed out that the iron rod that holds the feeder up was in the way... it would've been a cute shot of her

I think that these two probably have a nest somewhere, but it would be a miracle if I was ever able to find it.  They are so tiny! 
I found this stock photo on the internet of the actual size of a hummer nest with a size comparison to a penny:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Humma Kavula

We have a resident female hummingbird that likes to hang out around our yard.  I love these tiny guys! 

I started noticing her buzzing around last year when I was outside gardening, so I purchased a hummer feeder at the local store and have been keeping it freshly stocked during the spring and summertime ever since.  This year a more brightly colored male also showed up, but I haven't gotten a chance to get a picture of him yet.  He likes to quickly buzz around and only stays for a few minutes before taking off like a little rocket.

And yes, I did name our little resident female hummer...  Her namesake is from a character on the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  It seems to fit her.   =:)

These photos were taken from our kitchen window before the afternoon sun hit the back porch.  For the sake of Humma's health, I like to mix my own nectar formula (minus any red food dye).  She seems to enjoy the simple mixture, so I guess I must be doing something right

I've noticed that during this time of year Humma gets fairly thirsty and she'll perch on the feeder and guzzle nectar for awhile.  The flowers are mostly done blooming and the weather is really hot, so she'll come and sit at the "mini-bar" for a refreshment.  I love watching her from the window as I drink my morning cup of coffee.
It's the smaller things in life that make it enjoyable.  =:)