22 July 2012
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Inside is the theme of WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge. Last week I was following my resident hummingbirds’ daily journey through my garden. Since it’s mid summer, they can frequent an abundance of blossoms.
First, they make the rounds of a mature native trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) that I’ve cultivated for twelve years. This season the vine is blanketed with pinkish-orange and red-orange flowers. While humans gaze upon their inner and outer beauty, wildlife are drawn to this trumpet creeper for its production of delectable nectar and brilliance of hues.
Since I’m east of the Mississippi, ruby-throated is the only species of hummingbirds that we see in Delaware. Occasionally, others will crisscross invisible borders. Lately, stories circulate about infrequent strays sticking around through milder winters.
Most of my adult life I’ve been mesmerized by these aggressive and stunning aviators. They represent beauty and courage and determination and energy and intrigue and perseverance. They never disappoint, only fascinate.
Hummingbirds’ slender and tubular beak force me to grow trumpet-shaped plants that provide them a source of continuous meals. Think cardinal flower, cypress vine, salvia, pineapple and tangerine sage, petunia, jewel weed, nasturtium, penstemon. But they also sip from other shaped flowers, including bee balm, cleome, phlox, impatiens, geranium, zinnia. Hummers are mostly drawn to a palette of deep oranges and reds. And my garden complies with a fashion show of choices for them.
Several times a day these diminutive birds soar inside my wildlife habitats, spritely savoring juices as well as insects. Quick winged their fuel needs to be constantly replenished. It’s a strange and wondrous miracle of nature’s inventions: fill her up in flight, fly and create the need to be filled up again.
So I grab moments to witness their passage from one floral delight to another, allowing me to enter their world. I am a voyeur inside of nature’s theater, and the pleasure is indescribable.
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