Picture of the Day - October 9, 2009
"Little whirr of wings"
|Photo courtesy of Juanita L. Ruffner.
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A hummingbird flittering about a feeder or "working" on a flower
blossom is one of the surest signs of summer, and its yearly
migration southward is one of the most sobering signals that winter
is on its way. In my humble opinion these little marvels of aviation
are among the Creator's most precious gifts.
Photographer Juanita L. Ruffner captured this little guy as he was
moving in to gather some nectar from the succulent blossoms of a
morning glory vine (which happens to be another sure sign of
summer). Here is her story behind the image:
"It's October and our hummingbirds leave about mid-September.
Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:
miss their little whirr of wings and their darting around in the
garden already. This photo was taken in August when it was sunny,
bright and warm. The morning glories are in their best suits...as
the temps go lower, the morning glories bloom smaller and less...
flower season seems too short..." --Juanita L. Ruffner
Camera: Nikon D40
Focal length: 300mm
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
Name: Fern Williams
Town: Louisville, KY
Happiness for me is sitting on my front porch watching the
hummingbirds visit my feeders. I love this photo!
Name: Janice Woolsey
Town: Duluth, MN
Town: Gatlinburg, TN
Wonderful image, Juanita. Those little speed demons are not an easy
capture as they dart from flower to flower. Youíve not only stopped
this little hummer in its tracks, but managed some nice composition
as well. Great job!
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
Itís hard to capture a humming bird. Great job!
Name: Thomas Feingold
Town: Albuquerque, NM
You did a fantastic job with this photo Ms. Ruffner. Petty close to
perfect in my opinion.
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