May 14, 2020 — The Back Yard, Silicon Valley, California
Every April/May I engage in the Hummingbird Ritual. It’s a simple ritual, mostly involving standing around with a heavy camera/lens combo waiting for hummingbirds to feed on echium blooms. This requires four ingredients: Me, Heavy camera/lens, Purple echium blooms, and a Hummingbird.
Thing is, despite shelter-in-place, my schedule has been less than accommodating, which has effectively removed the “me” ingredient for several weeks. When I finally was available, the purple blooms were almost gone. But not quite. And so, on a soft overcast morning I grabbed the heavy camera/lens combo and went out to stand around waiting. And waiting.
Eventually a pretty Anna’s Hummingbird had mercy on my poor soul and — kindly waiving the customary modeling fee — provided the opportunity.
Just in time.
(Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)