Hanging out around the feeder

A few photos of female ruby-throated hummingbirds hanging out around a feeder at Big Sandy Unit Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.

“Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers – a living prismatic gem … it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.”  ~W.H. Hudson

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.”  Matt Bevin

Female Ruby-throated hummingbird

It’s been quiet in our backyard since the hummingbirds headed south for the winter, with their flurry of activity being sorely missed.  Here are a few photos taken shortly before they headed out.

“Goodbye?  Oh no, please.  Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again?”  ~Winnie the Pooh

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

… God has blessed all beauties of Nature;
He’s set His approval and seal
On all of His small, winged messengers
That fly through the air with such zeal.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

This Ruby-throated hummingbird looked content sitting on his perch in one of the bushes in our backyard.  He would dart away to chase another hummingbird or get a drink from the feeder, but would soon return to his lookout on the same small branch.

“Living big and joyful and content is almost always the result of our finding satisfaction in life’s ordinary day-to-day pleasures …”  ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.