Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 128: Spring & Sing, Synonyms Only
There are many activities in my garden for me to take close-up photos. Here are just several of them.
I love to have bees around to pollinate the fruit blossoms, as a result, I took photos of the bees whenever they hover over the flowers.
The blooms were gone in this cold winter.
I expected no other colors but green,
the eucalyptus, date palms
and hibiscus trees.
To my surprise, there were
bright and soft colors
in the rose bushes.
Rose buds were waiting to
unfold their inner beauty,
showing the winter cheer.
The ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) is a species of hummingbird that generally spends the winter in Central America, Mexico, and Florida, and migrates to North America for the summer to breed. It is by far the most common hummingbird seen in North America.
The adult male has a throat patch of iridescent ruby red bordered narrowly with velvety black on the upper margin and a forked black tail with a faint violet sheen. The red iridescence is highly directional and appears dull black from many angles. The female has a notched tail with outer feathers banded in green, black, and white and a white throat that may be plain or lightly marked with dusky streaks or stipples.
During migration southward in autumn along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, some birds embark on a nonstop 900-mile journey. Some older male and female birds were better prepared for long-distance flight than first-year birds by having higher body weights and larger fuel loads.