A Russian blue cat; best viewed in the larger sizes. This beautiful cat belongs to one of our fellow campers at the RV park in Ft. McDowell. She was lying in her basket outside...on a leash, of course.
I was amazed at the response to the hummingbird feeding her babies. I thought it was a pretty nice shot but had no idea it would generate such a response, which I think may be the most comments I've ever gotten in a single day on a daily. Thanks so much to all of you. It made me feel really good to know that so many enjoyed seeing the photo. Some of you asked how I found the nest. Actually, I thought there might be a hummingbird nest at the Desert Botanical Garden, since I saw one there a couple of years ago. So, when I got there, I asked the person selling the tickets if they had any hummer nests around and she pointed this one out...in the tree just behind the booth. It was difficult to photograph because there were many branches around the nest area which tended to block the shot of the birds and nest, but I finally managed to find a spot that wasn't too bad. I used my 400mm lens with a tripod and took quite a lot of shots as the mother came and went several times. The nest was about four or five feet higher than my head and sat right on top of a small branch. The nest was about the size of a fifty cent piece. We have lots of hummers at home but they seem to nest high up in the ponderosas and I've never been able to spot a nest there. I did feel very privileged and excited to be able to shoot the mother and babies.
Tomorrow we leave the Phoenix area and go to Globe where there is another wonderful botanical garden. I probably won't have internet access from tomorrow until we get home on Thursday, so I hope you all have a great week.
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