One of my favorite things to do in life is to sit out on my roof deck in the afternoon and watch my geraniums grow. At tree top level I have a great view of all the birds that fly around my Culver City neighborhood: hawks, parrots, ducks, seagulls, pigeons, mourning doves, crows, mockingbirds, finches, sparrows, and others I can’t identify.
I am often visited by hummingbirds attracted by my brightly colored flowers year-round. But I have never been able to capture a hummer on camera. Even if I have the camera on my lap, by the time I bring it up to eye level, no matter how discreetly I do it, the hummer flits away.
But this little guy was not in the least camera shy. In fact, he seemed to be posing for me. I was able to take about ten shots.
In the first photo he is enjoying that succulent kalanchoe. In the second, he is eyeing the geranium that he eventually stuck his beak into.
My cat Pharoah, who was deep in sleep, heard the hummingbird and immediately sat upright, his eyes wide open. Fortunately, he enjoys watching the hummers who allow him to get within a few feet of them, but he has never attempted to catch one.
Help, my geranium has sprouted legs! Oh, no, it’s only my cat Pharoah tucked under the baker’s rack.
You can just see his sweet little face under the pot. The tighter the space and the more difficult it is to get into, the more he likes being there. But don’t let that fool you. When he heard the hummingbird he was out of there in a nano-second.
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