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Silly Saturday Night Post: Painting The Desert Red With Flowers

Ocotillo flame provided nectar for hummingbirdsPoppy with cactus

Red is the color of spring across the desert southwest.  Hummingbirds migrating north find nourishment in the nectar of desert flowers like the Ocotillo flame there on the left, and the poppy on the right.

I remember hiking in the desert some ten years ago, wearing a red baseball cap.  An Anna's Hummingbird appeared out of nowhere and hovered directly in front of my face, perhaps 12 inches from the brim of the cap.  She darted left and stopped the same distance from me, getting a different perspective.  Then she darted right.  It was as if she was trying to figure out if the hat was edible.  She followed me for a quarter of a mile.

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Comment balloon 27 commentsMike Jones • April 11 2009 09:53PM

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I have had one dash close for seconds when I was in red, but never stay for any length of time.  What an amazing story.  I love the hummers.  We have a feeder at work and watch them do battle every summer.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike!
I love red in a flower bed...sprinkle in a little white and your really have something!  The reason I am telling you this?....I want some of those!!!!  ;o)

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 11 years ago

Nice pictures! I'm amazed that a hummingbird would follow you.  We even look sideways and they are out of here.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Mike, gorgeous photo of the desert plants and wild story about the humming bird.

                                                                      ~ Life is Good

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 11 years ago

Beautiful, Mike.  We're not seeing a lot of color yet.. unless you count white as a color. :)

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Beautiful - rather timely with the hummingbird story...sitting on my parents' back porch we were commenting on the hummingbirds coming out this evening!

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) over 11 years ago

Beautifule as usual. Brian loves hummingbirds. This spring I am going to attempt to captures some macros of the beauty around. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike - Beautiful photography.  You always have such interesting stories that accompany your stunning photos.  Have a very Happy Easter!

Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Marlene,

Life is interesting!  Happy Easter to you and yours.

Rita,

I don't know how many different varieties we have here, but it's a lot.  Back in Jersey, where we hailed from, we had only the Ruby-throated Hummer.

Tucson Kent,

I'm glad to see you're back in NM for the holiday!  We'll get together when you return.

Jesse,

Spring just takes a little longer to wend its way north to Fairbanks...  :)

Roy,

It would disappear for a bit, and then make its appearance again, like an avian puppy!

Marchel,

We have a feeder outside the kitchen window with a perch above it made of a coathanger.  We get an earful of squeaking chatter when it's empty.

Paula,

I'm sure you can get the poppies.  The ocotillo won't grow outside the Arizona-Sonoran desert.  Thanks for commenting!

Tammy,

Thanks for being the first to comment!  Our hummers do battle with the bees from the desert until we get our first rains.  Nature provides such drama.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike - Hummingbirds are remarkable creatures!  I can just sit and watch them.  Great photography!

Mary

Posted by Bruce & Mary Smith, REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC (Savannah Lakes Homes) over 11 years ago

Mike, Happy Easter! Yes, around here I have to be careful wearing red caps too - same problem...

~~Michael in Nashville

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Mike,

Very nice photo sir and I am glad to see that those thorns have flowers.  BTW, do you still have the red baseball cap?

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

We have a feeder right outside my officewindow and I do enjoy watching them feed. Once in a while one will stop at the window and look in.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

They are just starting to even show up here in SC. It wont be long before I put out the feeders for them. Happy Easter!

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Wow, Mike, those are beautiful!  There is something about a red bloom ... it stirs something visually for me.  I'll have to ponder the reasons why ...

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Hummingbirds are so much fun!  I had a similar experience hiking in the Colorado mountains a few years ago.  I had a bright red day pack and the hummingbirds just wouldn't leave me alone!

Happy Easter,

Mike

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) over 11 years ago

Absolutely stunning..the reds are so vivid!!!Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 11 years ago

Love those red poppies!  Hummingbirds love that red color.  Thanks for the great pics, spring will be here soon .....  maybe!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 11 years ago

Good reminder to get our hummingbird feeders out of winter storage.

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 11 years ago

Mike I am sure you haven't worn the red cap hiking ever since.  I once had a bull charged at me because I was in red, the horn got caught in a tree, that was a close encounter.

The red flower must make the desert a great place to visit.  Your photos gives me a greater appreciation of the desert.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike: If your only 1/2 as good a loan officer as you are a photographer . . .

:)

Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 11 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  I'll look for these colors on my run this morning - and I just changed my hat - the color I am wearing now is white!  -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Mike  As a NM gal your site is a regular visit home,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike,  This reminds me of back in the early 90's, a bunch of us went hiking every Sunday after church.  My hair was permed and I used a sweet smelling gel on it.  I tied it up on top of my head and the bees buzzed around me like it was a big flower.  (not a good idea these days, we have killer bees here now) 

 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago

Whoa! 

This'll teach me to get to a computer more than once in 24 hours!  Thanks, all, for your comments and stories.  I think the comments are often better than the post!  We had a wonderful Easter.  Hope each of you did as well.  I'll see you on your blogs.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike - I suspect that Hummingbird was checking out your aura:-)  I love that red poppy.  My grandmother grew many of those when I was a kid. . .It reminds me of my childhood.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 11 years ago

Mike,

I just went though several of your posts, just to look at the photos. Always a good treat.

Thanks,

Richard

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 11 years ago

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