Thursday, June 23, 2011

A dead tree limb--and a hummingbird

Just a dead tree limb?  Look closely. 
Photo by Jonathan Schechter

To the casual observor it's just an old dead tree limb. But over the past three years that limb and I have become friends. The apple tree gone wild is just outside the window I view when I type indoors. A friend suggested I cut it down so the yard "looks better". No way! I can't do that.

Treefrogs sing from the limb and tell me of rains to come
A screech owl explores the hollow
Red squirrels scamper about
A pair of downy woodpeckers come for bug brunch
Chickadees and white-breasted nuthatch visit in winter
But mostly it's about the hummingbirds of summer

Ruby-throated hummingbirds perch on the uppermost section surveying their world. And the world they view is the front yard world of nature I love.  Cutting the limb would end this delicate dance of life from a dying tree that is a 5-star destination for some many creatures.

A ruby-throated hummingbird perches on the very top of the limb.
photo by Jonathan Schechter


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love these pictures. Both are great, but I really like the close up. Keep working that new camera.

June 23, 2011 at 8:23 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your pictures are always fantastic! What a great close up shot of that hummingbird! KW

June 23, 2011 at 8:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great column and great pictures! Hope your blog "over quota" issue will be solved soon so we can keep on reading your stuff!

June 24, 2011 at 12:39 AM 
Blogger Jonathan Schechter said...

Me too! Tech world is tougher than the natural world. But Blogger site will not permit me to post more pictures---working on issue: says I have used up my space. Have notified the Oakland Press.

June 24, 2011 at 7:07 AM 

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