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I have been a photographer since childhood. My passion ignited on a 50 mile hike in the Sierra as a boy scout. My compact instamatic camera got a workout. Shortly after, I graduated to an SLR camera. I wore my first SLR, a Praktica, around my neck for almost all my senior year in high school.

Anna’s Hummingbird in Red Hot Pokers
Anna’s Hummingbird in Red Hot Pokers

Woodside CA


Anna’s Hummingbird in Red Hot Pokers. Hummingbirds love this flower.


“Every bird, every tree, every flower reminds me what a blessing and privilege it is just to be alive.” – Marty Rubin


I caught these images quite by surprise, wandering through a spring wildflower garden. I was taking pictures of some digitalis when I heard the tell-tale “zip zip” sound of a hummingbird flitting about. Turning my attention to the yellow flowers they seemed to love, since they came back again and again. I’d say at least 2 if not four birds flew in and out of these flowers, drinking their nectar.  


I’m told these flowers range in color from red to orange to yellow, but their name is Red Hot Poker. They are also called the Torch Flower. 


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Canon EOS 77D, EF-S18-135mm, 124mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO 200



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