Beauty and the Bee Balm

This gallery contains 10 photos. Someone’s become quite the backyard resident with all the blooming flowers. The only flower that seems to be getting neglected is the lemon frost. A little elevation may be in order. Or maybe there’s just too much choice — the garden is clearly becoming an AM-PM/7 Eleven for these flying jewels!

Anna's Hummingbird, female, on Bee Balm 1

However, the star flower attraction of the day for this female Anna’s hummingbird was clearly the Bee Balm. After tagging behind her on the flowering blackberries, chives, fragrant honeysuckle, and foxglove, she finally settled on these beauties. Here, she’s either having a mini-nap, meditating (“being the flower”), being very comfortable with my presence … or that nectar is really, really good.

Anna's Hummingbird, female, mini-napping

Every one of these newly flowering bee balms gets attention from Mrs. H. … from every possible angle (except upside down). I am less than two feet away from this little charmer when I took these morning shots.

Anna's Hummingbird, female, on Bee Balm 3

Except for the sound of her rapidly beating wings, Mrs. H. was a quiet feeder and flyer. I couldn’t help but feel such awe from watching her. I guess I can clean up and stow away the much neglected sugar water feeder now. 🙂

Anna's Hummingbird, female, on Bee Balm 6

Photographed in the backyard on a rainy July 5. All photos were taken at 1/1600 shutter speed and ISO 6400. A great way to brighten a gloomy day!

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