Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Summer's Simple Things - Critters

We were sitting at the table having tea the other morning trying to plan out our weekend.  I was looking out the window enjoying our magic beans that are finally starting to bloom.

They are really scarlet runner beans.  But we call them magic beans because when we were first given the seeds, we had no idea what kind of beans they were - just that they were the most beautiful shade of orange.  We grew them in our garden where they happily attracted all sorts of lovely things.  Since then, we have grown them nearly each year in our garden for the pure joy they provide.

Anyway, back to the story.  So, we were sitting there drinking tea, discussing the weekend, and I was staring out the window with my standard morning glazed look, when I saw this!!!!!

Through the screen.  Beyond the laundry.  Sucking happily on the magic beans.  So lovely.  Let me zoom in for you...

I called the kids to come see, but I had no hopes of taking any pictures of it through the screen.  But Nick, with his super hero powers of taking pictures in weird circumstances and actually making them look good, came to my rescue.  We got only one picture.  That's all it took.

It's not hard to see why this little hummingbird would love these flowers.  They are orange, sweet smelling, and I'm sure contain heavenly nectar.

Hummingbirds are just one of the many wonderful critters we have been enjoying this summer.  What sorts of creatures do you have flitting around in your world?

**  Check out Kim's Summer's Simple Things Series to see what other people are doing this summer!


inadvertent farmer said...

WOW...what a great photo capture of an amazingly fast bird! Great job. We have Scarlett Runner beans too...I'm now going to have to look for hummingbirds! Kim

alayne said...

yep, that's my nick... so able to capture stuff like that!! i've seen hummingbird moths on our beans as well. what cool creatures!