August Morning

August Morning: Sunrise and Hummingbirds

August morning: the smoke from the fires west of us was bad for two days, and it still remains. But, the skies are a little clearer and the temperatures cooler. Autumn is not quite palpable, but is just around the corner. The smoke adds color to the clouds. Most of the male hummingbirds have already left for winter homes. The females and juveniles will be here for a week or two, filling up in preparation for the long trip. This is a beautiful time in New Mexico.

August morning
Note just a hint of crepuscular rays. The smoke has cleared significantly from the prior two days, but is still producing especially colorful skies.
August morning
Female rufous hummingbird eyeing breakfast of cosmos

6 Replies to “August Morning”

  1. What beautiful shots Susan, especially the hummingbird at flight, it’s outstanding ! I really enjoy viewing this picture as we don’t have those marvelous birds here in the south of France while we have great colorful skies too, different though.
    Have a nice afternoon (it must be afternoon for you soon, here it’s about dinner time !).
    Marie-Claude

    1. Marie-Claude, so nice to see you! We love out hummingbirds, and in a short time they will be departing until next spring. I hadn’t been out photographing them this year, so I plan to try to photograph a few each morning over the next week or so. Yes, it is early afternoon here in New Mexico. Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your dinner and evening. πŸ™‚

  2. The sunrise is spectacular, a real wake up. Funny that it is so fleeting. A lesson to mind your day?!
    Your hummingbird is perfect. Can’t wait to see what you capture as they dwindle away, to go live their lives somewhere else, providing others with their lively flight shows.

    1. Hi, Laurie! Even though the male rufous hummers are gone, the others are so plentiful they are draining two feeders every day, to say nothing of all the flowers they enjoy. I’m hoping to get more photos of them with flowers. Thanks for coming by. πŸ™‚

  3. All the photos are so beautiful, Susan. I do love hummingbirds and am still putting out sugar nectar for them.

    1. Hi, Juanita! Thank you! The first thing I did this morning was fill up the feeders – they drained them yesterday in one day alone. And I have a lot of flowers blooming that they like – autumn sage, red cannas, cosmos, even sunflowers. It’s interesting how the greatest number of them seem to appear just before they go away completely until spring. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

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