1. that was all so beautiful, and I’m glad others got to see just how tiny those little eggs are.
    And knowing Mama is fine….a good ending.


    • It was deeply moving, to have cradled that wee little egg in my palm, and to see up close just how tiny they really are. No zoom lens necessary, to help bring it closer…such a rare and wonderful experience! It’s an honor, also, to able to share it with you.

  2. Wait and see is right! Walela won’t return to this particular nest, but she may build a new one nearby. She, or one of the many hummingbird visitors that frequent our yard.

  3. As I said in you post on FB, I suspect this was not a viable egg and she knew it. Probably it had not been fertilized. She raised two beautiful babies. We will celebrate that!! I loved this post and it was wonderful to see your total interest in the nest and egg size. Exactly what I would have done myself. I am just happy to have shared in that wonderful experience of watching Walela’s wee babes grow up and fly into their new world! Let’s hope this drought isn’t too hard on the wildlife in California. At least you can offer all birds water throughout the summer!

    • She was and is a wonderful mama, and she definitely beat the odds in raising two babies from eggs to fledge. So yes, we’ll celebrate that, plus the fact that, together with so many others, we were able to watch them grow from tic tac sized eggs to full-grown hummers!! I appreciate so much your many comments & your loving concern for Walela and her babies.

      We’ll definitely keep our eyes open for new nests. Meantime, I’m going to work on my photography skills so that I can eventually get some good pictures of birds in flight.

  4. dmh60

    Your relationship with this Mama hummingbird and her family touches me deeply. Your words and your pictures convey your respect for and awe of nature, and I can clearly tell that you feel blessed by the nest outside your door. Being one of the legions of Mama’s who have lost a baby, I feel sad for the one lone egg that did not survive. But, I also rejoice in the miracle that these tiny hummingbirds exist at all!

    The quote at the start of your post and your “Life, still” concept has me thinking . . . what pictures might I take and what story might I have in my life that conveys this concept. Thank you for sharing and put new thoughts in my head.

    • (((Donna))) I am grateful for your kind words; more so, your courage in sharing your story with me. As a young girl, I learned the value of imagery in conveying an idea, but I’m only just now learning how to put to use my fledgling photography skills to express my feelings. I’m so very glad to hear that they came across in these images, and that they touched you, too.

      In updating my website (a work in progress, almost finished), I’ve decided to include a photo gallery. Not because I’m an expert photographer, and most certainly not to sell myself/my pictures as such. But I see so clearly the value of photography as a form of (as a complement to) storytelling. I’ve included six albums on that page, “Still Life” among them. I’m not sure how I’ll fill that album, lol, but maybe we can look to each other for inspiration! (Oh, for a photography walk with you and Candice…)

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