Sunday, July 29, 2012

Trumpet Players


It's another hot morning, and I'm out early watering the flowers. 






The trumpet vine catches my attention; 

as the first rays of sunlight illuminate its blossoms, 

it attracts a crowd of small creatures.






Into these miniature versions of a McDonald's play station, 

hummingbirds plunge and drink deeply, wrapped in orange light.






 There's a quiet resting place for the chipping sparrow...  






...but the carpenter bee heads straight into the blossom to do its job.

I count off a full 10 seconds before it emerges. 

It must be loath to come out, enveloped in that happy color, but it has more work to do. 

 On its fuzzy coat, it carries pollen to the next brilliant blossom, 

while honoring the One who taught it to do so.



Water splashes by my feet; I move the garden hose, 

and with the small creatures, I whisper my thanks.





Praise the Lord from the earth...

small creatures and flying birds...

Psalm 148:7, 10





Thanks to Kim Klassen for her lovely texture Elevate.

Linking with
Mandarin Orange Monday
Texture Tuesday
Wild Bird Wednesday




41 comments:

Jennifer Richardson said...

what a beautiful beginning
to a day!
you watch and wait
so well,
it's no wonder
that these everyday miracles
find you ready with your camera
and heart
wide open:)
-Jennifer

Linda Makiej said...

Wonderful, just wonderful!!!

Lisa Gordon said...

Sounds like a wonderful morning Connie.
I love those little hummingbirds in the trumpet vine!

lorik said...

These are fantastic!! Especially the one with the bird with his head in the flower! But they are all really interesting-capturing different birds and an insect exploring the same flowers. Beautiful colour and composition too! Thank you so much for sharing your work on Mandarin Orange Monday :)

Carol Loethen said...

these are amazing pics! Great job~

Nadege, said...

Awesome pictures...such great timing on that first one.

Sandra said...

What amazing captures of the hummingbird and the trumpet vines. I love that first one where the little creature seems to have put his brakes on before plunging into the centre of the flower. Just glorious.
What beautiful scenes you capture when you're out and about in the morning, Connie!

heyBJK said...

Fantastic photos! The hummingbird shots are incredible! I love the second one...it's really in there after the nectar!

Merike said...

Fantastic images. The first is my favorite :)

kleppanrova said...

Wonderful photos!
from Ingun, Norway

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Amazing!!!..great shots.. Comgrat..

pens and needles said...

The details in your photos are incredible, Connie -- the drop on the hummingbird's beak -- you help us to see so much more than we might. Lovely!

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Connie,
What a lovely shots!! Fantastic to see how all the animals are having fun with these beautiful flowers.
Good shots Connie!!

Many greetings,
Marco

Deborah said...

Awesome captures!

It's Just Dottie said...

Just beautiful. Smiles, Dottie

Pat said...

Fabulous post. I love that second hummingbird shot!

Jodi said...

Praise the Lord, indeed. Thank you again, Connie, for the pictorial worship of a loving God's creation.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, those are amazing shots. I love the hummingbird deep in the trumpet flowers. Great shot.

Stewart M said...

hi there - that first image of the hummingbird is great - I love the fold of the wings.

I get very jealous of people who have them in their gardens!

Stewart M - Australia

Mary Howell Cromer said...

The sweetness of the earth, the way it all works out so perfectly and just as it was created to be~

kelly said...

i just love hummingbirds! :) great capture and lovely texture work.

**Perler på snor** Dorthe said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures. Pure joy to look at!

:-) Dorthe

Kia said...

So much gorgeousness in this post! :D

Gary said...

Great series Connie. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HansHB said...

I love your post! Awesome photos!
Perfect for WBW!

Madge Bloom said...

Wow, that little hummer lost in the flower is superb!

Kelly said...

I'm speechless...first and foremost of God's creations then your photography. . . and the way your words grace the page is beauty in itself.

Andrew said...

Fantastic images.. I really want to see a wild hummer one day.

Adam Jones said...

Love the Hummer shots. I saw some in St Lucia some years ago. Amazing.

Lisa said...

Amazing shot of the hummer. I don't seem to have too many this summer. But I still put out the feeders...just in case.

eileeninmd said...

Connie, wow the hummer shots are amazing. I have to go and check out my trumpet vines more often. Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing your WBW!

mick said...

Great photos and an interesting series of creatures visiting the flowers.

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos of all the flying beauties!! Love the hummingbird!! /Susanne

i stora drag said...

Lovely photos from your garden! I can't believe how small they are, the hummingbirds, like insects!
Thank you for sharing!
Greetings from Sweden
/Pia

JRandSue said...

Superb images.

Jerry said...

Connie, how delightful to have these things in your garden - not to mention your ability to photograph them so stuningly! What great wonders await us one day in heaven?!

Beverly said...

Oh to have such hummingbirds so close and patient, would be so heavenly! :) Love your thoughtful and thankful post for today. You are a special person sharing such lovely photos and thanks.

TheChieftess said...

Wow!!! What fabulous captures!!! You must have had a very fast shutterspeed...
Well done!!!

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic photographs, beautiful nature. I am greeting

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, the hummingbird shots ae particularly amazing. Thank you for sharing these beauties,

Larry said...

Beautiful shots of the trumpet vines and all of its visitors Connie!