These photos were taken Saturday afternoon when Hurricane Harvey was giving us a brief respite from his rain. The rain stopped around midday and the birds all saw their chance to grab some food. The finches, cardinals and jays were at the seed feeder and the hummers were at their nectar station. The backyard was very busy for an hour or two. It was delightful.
This is migration time and we will see these ruby-throated hummingbirds August through October as they make their way to Central America for winter. We'll see them again in the spring on their way back north. Once it is winter we will be seeing the black-chinned hummers.
Enjoy the little gallery of photos below - the first photos I have ever taken of hummingbirds. I have a lot to learn, but these photos turned out okay. Just click on any thumbnail to see the full-sized photos.
Harvey is raining! The good news is that Harvey is now a tropical storm, not a hurricane. The bad news is that Harvey is going to hang around. Rather than dumping a whole lot of rain on us and then moving on, Harvey is going to dump a whole lot of rain on us and then do it all over again - for several days.
After raining at what the news told us was a 2 to 3 inch per hour rate from late afternoon through to about 2:00 a.m., Harvey calmed down to a light rain shower for a while - but did not stop completely - only to pick up again this morning. Right now it is about 9:30 Sunday morning and the rains have been at yesterday's intensity since about 8:00 a.m. We expect rain like this throughout most of today and the on through Wednesday.
Well, as Linda says, "The flood insurance has been paid."
A Word About Linda and Me
The first half of 2017 essentially didn't exist for us. In mid-March when I was a month out of surgery (see the post A Holiday Odyssey) Linda went in for her own turn under the knife. What was to be a day surgery was complicated by by a blood clot and she ended up with a vein graft and a week in the hospital. Nerve damage that occurred as a result of the graft has delayed and prolonged her recovery, and she expects to be in physical and occupational therapy for another month or two. So, in effect, we have spent the last eight months having medical procedures and recovering from them.
But we are on the rebound. In the past two weeks we have been able to take our toys out for the first time since Thanksgiving. Last week we had the boat out on the lake for a delightful afternoon and this week we took the RV to the state park - a little cobweb-clearing outing that was cut short by our friend Harvey.