Monday, September 5, 2011

A silver chain of evening rain

It’s raining as I write this on the last evening of our long Labor Day weekend. It was a weekend spent quietly and tonight’s rain is soft and gentle and we have the windows open to the scent of it.


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I worked on some photos for you.



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Those little hummingbirds are quick.



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But they know how to rest, as well.


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Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unravelled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: -
So many times do I love again.
                                    ~Thomas Lovell Beddoes

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Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful week ahead.

Until later, my friends . . .

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42 comments:

Caroline said...

OMG...your bird shots always amaze me! Hope your week is wonderful as well!!! xoxo

ZeldaMom said...

Great pictures, I love hummingbirds.
(I even have one tattooed on my leg)
Sounds like a great, relaxing day. My part of Minnesota was gorgeous, partly sunny, 70's, great outdoor working weather (for me).
Have a good day at school tomorrow.

Le'Ann Ruggles said...

Beautiful shots! Those little guys really are quick. I've been hoping to get pictures of them at my feeder but they always disappear before I can grab my camera.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful post and amazing photos ! The evening you described sounds wonderfuly tranquil ! Enjoy the rest of your evening !

Country Girl said...

Le'Ann, You can hear them coming. They sound like the drone of a huge bee. I usually sit outside with a book and a beverage and when I hear the drone, I pick up the camera and begin clicking away, hoping to get one or two shots out of the many I will take.

~ C.G.

Annie said...

Kate, they are wonderful, as always. But that second shot is particularly exquisite in my opinion.
So thank you so much for sharing them with us. And you have a great week also. No more hurricanes...nice to have gentle rain!

BUSH BABE said...

That second photo - I'd buy that one. Sensational! Man you are talented...

Now, stop distacting me from the Spring Cleaning please!
:-)
BB

Low Tide High Style said...

A beautiful poem to accompany even more beautiful photos!

Kat :)

Aerie-el said...

Wonderful, just wonderful. The blend of the exquisite images with the poetry and prose equals perfection.

tj said...

...Gorgeous overload those photos are. I'm surprised birds don't actually approach you for a photo, seriously. :o)

...I love rainy days and evenings, there's something so serene and calming about 'em. Oh, and when you're done with the rain please send it our way, it is so very dry here. Our shrubs are showing signs of stress and our pond is almost 2 ft. low, so sad.

...Enjoy your week - hope it's a great one!

...Blessings :o)

Hilary said...

Just beautiful photos of one of my favourite birds.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Beautiful, as always.

Gone Country said...

Great shots of the hummers and the use of textures! I have found hummingbirds to be difficult to capture because of their constant, swift movements. Great job!

Mary said...

***sigh*** beyond gorgeous, images and words both!
xoxo

Kerri said...

You, my friend, are a talented artist! These are Awesome!

Mental P Mama said...

Just wonderful.

Daryl said...

DEEP sign ... I wonder if there are hummingbirds in Riverside Park .. hey I never thought I'd get a shot of a hawk and I did .. of course the moon and a rainbow are still on the list . along with one darling hummer..

Snappy Di said...

Lots of rain here throughout the past 48 hours and still in continues to soak our ground. The house sits high enough that it can rain all it wants and we should be fine and dandy. Just hard to get a small puppy to go outside and poop when it's raining.. She balks!!

mrs mediocrity said...

Great shots. For some reason, it always makes me smile when I catch a hummingbird at rest.
Love that poem as well.

Kanelstrand said...

Ah, it is raining here today, as I write this comment and envy you for a softer and quieter refreshing rain. There are rivers flowing down the streets and birds are nowhere to be seen or heard. Lovely processing of your photos.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

This meant so much to me...the hummer photos, the gentle rain-words, the poem...thank you dear.

Sharon

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Love those shots, they transport me away to a beautiful late summer afternoon, with the whirring of a hummingbirds wings stirring the air.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Deb said...

nice post...wish Texas could get some rain....put out some of those wild fires...

missing moments said...

Love how you processed those sweet little hummers! Looking forward to catching up ... I enjoyed a lot of lobsta for ya!

Jeanne Walker said...

The photos are awesome of these flighty little birds! And the poem is such an added bonus. In Louisiana, we call that "lagniappe" (lan-yap) n. a small gift or unexpected benefit!

Hope you have a quiet and delightful week!

Cloudia said...

Fabulous post and title!




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beth said...

those hummingbirds are so flippin fast and i haven't gotten any photos this year that i'm happy with...

so i'll just look at yours !!

xo

Karen said...

I can't get a good shot of them either, great work!


Love the poem ~

Candace said...

Awesome h-bird shots!

tiarastantrums said...

what a fantastic capture!!

Scrappy Grams said...

stunning hummingbird shots!

thotlady said...

Beautiful photos.

Ali said...

I just hopped here from Beth at Be Yourself... love love love the pictures!!!

Oliag said...

I have missed stopping here and getting my daily dose of Kate! After having no power for five days and then the cleanup and a long family weekend I am finally catching up! I was glad to read that there was little damage at your home...and I could sympathise with you re your noisy neighbors having had many. During our 5 day power outage the noise of nearby generators nearly drove me nuts. When the lights went out it used to be nice and quiet!

...I much prefer the hum of the hummingbirds!

Bluebird49 said...

Oh--I love love love the hummers--that first shot you got done is awesome. I really wish I knew how to do that fancy stuff!

Lili said...

You are so very talented, each one of these images are exquisite little works of art. xo ~Lili

The Japanese Redneck said...

Beautiful pics.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

This is a lovely post. Congrats on your POTW.

Scott said...

Very nice and I love your textures. Congrats on the POTW, well deserved.

LauraX said...

absolutely beautiful!!! congrats on POTW too!

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely pics and thoughts to share

spokalulu said...

Sent here by Hilary's POTW -- she's right, those are some beautiful photographs along with the prose.