Tony and the Hummer



These are the shots I’ve been wanting to get for ages. I’ve gotten lots of hummer photos…eating at the feeders and sitting in the trees…but I’ve never been able to get them eating at a natural food source (except this). These are our aloe plants out front, right outside our carport, where they dine often but always seem to get away.



The only “bummer” to all of this is that these aren’t my photos, they’re Tony’s, my husband. I wasn’t even home at the time…but my camera was.




This little girl hummingbird wasn’t afraid of him, I guess, so went about having her lunch while he took photos. They always seem to fly off the minute I get the camera when they’re at the aloe.



She looks so cute perching and sipping here.




So I whittled his photos down but I liked all of these too much to not show them. This is a study of a hummingbird feeding. Aren’t they awesome?



I’ll be really jealous if he wins a Pulitzer, though.



3 Years and Counting

Amidst Valentine’s Day and Arizona Centennial Day, another minor exciting (to me) event occurred…the third anniversary of my blog, my blogiversary! The actual date was February 13th. My last post, The Valentine State, was also my 350th post. So…to keep my tradition going, I am having a little giveaway as I did for my first and second blogiversaries to let you know I appreciate you.

Above is the official first day of issue stamp celebrating Arizona’s centennial, the newest Forever stamp. That’s Arizona’s State Bird, the cactus wren, perched there. This commemorative piece can be yours! And, since that doesn’t seem like much of a giveaway, I’ll also enclose a little surprise, something else Arizona-y. And…I’ll enclose a print of one of my recent photos, either this one or this one, whichever looks better printed. Maybe not the most thrilling giveaway but, hey, it’s free!

Everyone in the continental U.S. is eligible by leaving a comment. As in the past (year one and year two), one of my cats will choose the winner. It’s really Abbey’s turn but the boy cats always horn in when she’s trying to do something constructive. The winner will be chosen on February 26th so get those comments in and tell all your friends!

See what my darling husband, Tony, gave me for Valentine’s Day? This was our first year married, although our 18th Valentine’s Day together. We had a long courtship.

Here is Paul McCartney’s original song, My Valentine, which you may have seen him perform on the Grammys last week.

“Um, where’s my valentine?” asks Google. “Shouldn’t that say, For My Google?”

Incidentally, the Arizona Forever stamp is available for purchase everywhere in the U.S. now. You should get some 🙂

The stamp was done by Arizona artist, Ed Mell, and depicts Cathedral Rock in Sedona. Here’s another view of Cathedral Rock from last summer.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Lotta Latte

When Between Us

Ana Cristina Cesar

When between us there was just
a letter certain to come
the train the tracks
the window open
a certain landscape
without stones or
my high heel
the glass of water
the wait for coffee

I’ve posted that poem before on my blog, almost 2 years ago, but I like it and there aren’t that many poems that mention coffee so it’s back. The arabica coffee plant that I mentioned and photographed in that earlier post is now dead, sadly. They are hard to grow and it hung in there for a few months with constant misting but that wasn’t quite enough. So we won’t be growing our own coffee beans. Tony is, however, roasting his own beans now (in addition to buying his beans online from Peet’s).

The above latte and mocha are from Lola, “a hip local hangout with a fresh vibe” in downtown and uptown Phoenix.

Guest Photographer

No, that’s not Arizona. Tony took this shot a few days ago from the plane on his way to Portland.

Mount Hood, called Wy’east by the Multnomah tribe, is a stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon. It is located about 50 miles east-southeast of Portland, on the border between Clackamas and Hood River counties.

The exact height assigned to Mount Hood’s snow-covered peak has varied over its history. Modern sources point to three different heights: 11,249 feet (3,429 m) based on the 1991 U.S. National Geodetic Survey 11,240 feet (3,426 m) based on a 1993 scientific expedition and 11,239 feet (3,426 m) of slightly older origin. The peak is home to twelve glaciers. It is the highest mountain in Oregon and the fourth-highest in the Cascade Range. Mount Hood is considered the Oregon volcano most likely to erupt, though based on its history, an explosive eruption is unlikely. Still, the odds of an eruption in the next 30 years are estimated at between 3 and 7 percent, so the USGS characterized it as “potentially active,” but the mountain is informally considered dormant.

These were taken with his point and shoot. I think they’re really pretty, especially enlarged. I told him he should start his own travel blog.

Back to AZ in my next post.