Travel theme: Endearing

Early morning at Colorado ranchIt could be said, I suppose, that travel to any locale is endearing.  And, to tell the truth, it is if you just love seeing something new. So on a recent trip to a friend’s ranch in Livermore, Colorado, with a group of women I’ve known since college days, I woke to watch the sky turn pink at sunrise only to find that the most endearing thing about those alone times was the chance to watch the hummingbirds.

Hummers at feeder in ColoradoOh, sure, we’ve all seen hummers.  But for some reason, these birds swarmed — not just visited — two feeders — a blue Mason jar and a round red one — as if these sips/slurps were their last. And the birds were undaunted by my presence.  Their colloquy continued whether I was inside the kitchen window or standing on the porch beside the hammock, camera in hand.  I can only guess what social dynamics were at play among this “hummingest” group of not-always friendly flappers engaged in a feeding frenzy.

Mornings became show time for the guests at the ranch as these endearing Rocky Mountain hummingbirds (both new and repeat diners) dipped into the nectar. You never know what your favorite take-back from a travel adventure will be, do you?

For more entries into Ailsa’s Travel theme: Endearing from her blog “Where’s My Backpack,” be sure to click here.

27 thoughts on “Travel theme: Endearing


    What stunning photos, Rusha! I can’t believe you got all those great close-ups. I always think of hummers as flitting about, but they were really showing off for you. I definitely think they’re the definition of “endearing.” 🙂 ~Terri

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks! I loved standing in my pj’s and robe for about an hour each morning focused on the sunrise, the hummingbirds, and a hot cup of coffee. Ah, the Western life!!!

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks for this lovely comment. Coming from you — one of the photographers I most admire — this comment means a lot. Best wishes for finding more great shots each day!

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks, Kevin. I stood still about as long as I could each morning. Took dozens of pics and then found a few that were clear. I have a lot to learn, but I’m really having fun.

    1. Rusha Sams

      Many thanks for your kind words. I stood still every morning and took many, many pics. My friends said I was OCD about these birds, but I was just fascinated!!! (And yes, plenty of pictures are blurred.)

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks for taking a look. The whole experience was great fun — just standing in my robe on the porch taking pics of birds. Who would have thought I’d do that!

    1. Rusha Sams

      Thanks for replying. I have never tried to lure hummingbirds to my back porch in Tennessee, but now I want to! Hope there’s still some time left to put up a feeder.

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