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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Weekend Break From Politics

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

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.


  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.

  2. Beautiful.

    Right Truth

  3. Never imagined an albino Hummingbird.

    Very effective and nicely composed.

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

  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

  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.

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

  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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