Hummingbirds in the Snow

Yesterday I went looking for ‘Red” for a photo challenge – I guess I could have waited and included these pictures from this morning too.

As you probably know by now we are in the midst of Snowmageddon here in the Pacific Northwest with snow continuing to accumulate after a week.  I’ve lived here my entire life and seen lots of snow over the years (and always welcomed it)  but it’s pretty rare to get this much (over a foot) and keep it for such a prolonged period of time.

Most of the nearby roads are passable so we’ve not been completely snow-bound. But I’ve mostly stayed inside the last week except for keeping the hummingbirds supplied in the backyard.  Every night I bring in their sugar-water and the next morning bring it out to them again.  I scatter old bread and peanuts for the larger birds but haven’t seen them around much.  I guess they know where to hide.  I also add hot water to the bird baths to provide water for a couple of hours before it freezes over again.

This burst of winter has been fun, but enough already.  The cats are going crazy in the house and Tiger’s getting the worst of it.  I’ll be happy when spring arrives!

~ Susanne

16 Comments on “Hummingbirds in the Snow

  1. I always envy you your hummingbirds. I have never seen one, except on TV. Are you sure you didn’t use that ‘single colour’ option on the RX10? 🙂 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • In fact I tried it this morning on these pictures after your comment! You opened up some great new functions for me on my RX10! I thank you for that. 🙂

      • One thing that I learned in the class from a fellow student who had the same camera, was about the ‘Function’ button for quick access to important and useful settings. Fiddling through the menu was daunting for me but I found shortcuts to useful functions there, but hadn’t yet explored all of them. So when you mentioned that function earlier, I found the settings in that button, tried it out and had great fun doing it! So helpful. Thank you again! 🙂

      • There you go. I have never even used that function button. I just messed around by looking through all the menu options. 🙂

      • It’s great for quick and easy access to basic settings! Funny how that’s the best thing I got from the class I took, but it wasn’t from the instructor, rather was from someone else in the class sitting near me with the same camera. The best way to learn I think is from others informally. 🙂

    • Aren’t they wonderful? 🙂 I imagine they’re quite happy in California where there are fragrant flowers in bloom all the time! Nice of them to stop by and say hello!

  2. Good luck with Snowmageddon. I used to enjoy the one or two really snowy days when I could cross country ski to work. Sometimes I had to carry the skis home because the snow had melted before I left work!

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