Humming Birds, Chili's and Bits and Bobs....

by Russell Smith September. 11, 2020 160 views

So I have been after two hummingbirds to get a shot of. 1 I know is a Rufus Hummingbird. Copper and I mean so metallic copper it would take a freshly minted copper penny and make it look dull. The other I am only 80% sure what it is and I want a photo to back that one up as it could be argued it is another species and well if I am going to make a claim I saw it I am going to have the F Off proof for those who doubt it lol.

Let me first start by saying N.W. Tn. is treating me well. I have awesome neighbors and one of them has a bird feeder. I explained to him if you see me outside with a camera and a long lens I am not doing anything stupid. Then showed him some of my bird photos. He told me I could shoot birds in his yard. Awesome....No need to tell me twice. Also as a thank you I gave him 1/2 pint of some blueberry jam.

Ok I am liking these shots but.... How do I get closer without sitting on his porch?

Went to hades gate oops I mean Wally World and was grocery shopping I saw a hummingbird feeder and well my loving wife told me I could get it. Yipppeee

My morning shots. These made me realize that I need to figure out some kind of light source especially for the Olympus camera . I am missing so many colors in this guy. The throat in the light is a brilliant RUBY RED. Did I mention how beautiful the colors are on this gentleman.

There is an immature and yes I mean immature. He acts like a teenage bully until he is chased off by an adult female and he pouts by chittering or chirping for 5 or 10 min. I need to figure out video lol. Little dude had me cracking up.

This is an afternoon shot so the lighting is much better. There is a slight crop to 4x5 ratio and cropped in just a tad but I am only about 3 meters or 10ish feet from the feeder. Remember the female that I said put the immature male in his place. This is her. This shot also made me realize I need to move my chair just a bit so I can loose the perch that is blocking her chest.

I have been fiddling in the kitchen with some ferments .

The name of this sauce is a nod to a charcter in the world of warcraft who has the nickname of this sauce. It is a simple Fermented Habanero Sauce that was fermented with Garlic, Green Pepper, Habaneros, Added Vinegar and clove, allspice pasturized and bottled.

This one well this one is the same chili combo of the one above but.... I had some fermented blueberries that I let go a bit too long so I had the idea to put in the sauce. When I tasted it I thought it needed a bit of sweet so I checked the fridge and I had some fermented honey (flavored with mango and chili) and added that. Put in some vinegar and pasturized. This one well It is my favorite sauce that I have made to date. It is not sweet but the flavor is stupid good and not as hot as the green.

This little Carolina Chickadee was treating me to a song.

I have been struggling to take shots that I felt were more than just an id shot of birds or proof of sighting . However I have been taking a morning walk and looking. In the kitchen well I am always in it I need to document some of those excursions. I also need to get to a farmers market this weekend. I need some Milk, and to poke around for some seasonal vegies. We finally found the mythical unicorn called a freezer so we have a bit of extra room for frozen goods. I also need to get out to the farm where we get most of our meat and pick up some chicken and hopefully honey.

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 1 week ago

Photo #1 made my jaw drop and then I mouthed "I am jealous!" Great capture! I have a bully in my yard as well and it's fun watching him try to coax the other away from the feeder. I love watching them, they act so spastic and sit still for such short times.

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 1 week ago

:) Thank you. There is at least 8 individual birds that are regulars to my house or the neighbors house and 2 or 3 more than are semi regular. For their size they are brutal when they defend a territory.

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 1 week ago

Great shots, Russell!
Good to see your new neighborhood with it's new critters!
Glad see that food still plays a big part of your creative talents!
Stay safe, well & HAVE FUN!!! 

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 1 week ago

Food is as much of a creative outlet as photograhy is problem is that some of the foods well dont photograph well. I hope all is well in your neck of the woods and that the air quality is not getting bad there. Also that your area is safe from the infernos

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

So generous of you to share your talents with us! 
I love to cook & eat and rarely dine out. 
I'm happiest when I'm either out looking for photo ops, in the kitchen throwing something together, exercising at the gym & hiking or out on the road for a nice long road trip!
It's ben pretty smokey out here. We are, basically, surrounded by forest fires in eastern Washington, Oregon, Montana & California. So far, so good, out here, on the Olympic Peninsula.......but it could spring up out here easily. Port Angles is surrounded by almost a million acres of the Olympic National Park, which is covered with evergreen timber, which is forest fires' favorite food! So, we're hoping & praying we will be spared.....
I'll be looking forward to more of your fine offerings! Hope all's well with you & yours! Stay safe, well & HAVE FUN!!!!

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