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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Weekend Break From Politics

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The rare albino ruby-throated hummingbird, photographed in Staunton, Virginia, by Marlin Shank, age 16; Shaphan Shank, age 14; Darren Shank, age 12; and Allen Shank, age 9 (Thanks, Big Bubba):


More images and a poem below the fold. Enjoy!



The most famous poem about hummingbirds (Emily Dickinson):
A route of evanescence
With a revolving wheel;
A resonance of emerald,
A rush of cochineal;
And every blossom on the bush
Adjusts its tumbled head,--
The mail from Tunis, probably,
An easy morning’s ride.

9 comments:

  1. Wow really amazing.
    That rare 'albino bird' has the highest odds against him to be caught by a predator bird.
    I once (35 years ago)observed a full albino swallow, on top of it it was nesting in an old barn.
    Bird watchers came from every where to see.

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  2. Beautiful.

    Debbie
    Right Truth
    http://.www.righttruth.typepad.com

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  3. Never imagined an albino Hummingbird.

    Very effective and nicely composed.

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  4. Those are some great pics. Thanks for posting them.

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  5. Beautiful little creature! So delicate, so fine-boned, so fragile -- so ALIVE.

    Leave it to my friend Emily to find and make elegant use of a rare term like cochineal.

    Emily, herself, was as rare and fine a specimen as the little white hummingbird.

    She was small and compactly built, herself, and for many years always wore white -- nothing but white.

    The little bird is quite like a picture of Emily's unique spirit come back -- not to haunt -- but to bring delight -- and wonder.

    A nice break from the usual lugubrious grousing about the pressing issues of the day, indeed.

    we NEED that more than we know.

    ~ FreeThinke

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  6. Man its been years since I've seen a hummingbird. You can buy feeders for them that you fill with some kind of reddish sweet nectar. Another thing they love is honeysuckle.

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  7. Wonderful picture, and echoing others, never imagined a white hummingbird.

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  8. That pic was taken with 4 cameras? Or by 4 kids all pushing the shutter button at the same time? Just checking. Very nice picture, though. Must have used a very high shutter speed, all those fingers on the button would have really made the camera jiggle. Or was it 4 separate.... no.

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