The mid-summer sunrise splashed golden light waves across the patio, enveloping my already keenly attuned senses, in anticipation of the arrival of the morning’s first hummingbird. My modest home-crafted elevated brick garden was lush with tropical florals; the camera was tripod-mounted and aimed at a bright red shrimp plant blossom as I settled into a well-worn canvas camp chair. A fresh cup of coffee rested at the ready on a small side table.
Within moments, I heard the faint hypersonic whirring of an approaching Ruby-throated Hummingbird as it hovered a few feet away, seeming to be studying me before approaching the flowers. A fun add-on benefit of frequent hummingbird home photography is the way the birds become accustomed to you — at times almost friendly as they fearlessly hover near you.