This summer has been so hot that we can’t even go out on our deck to eat dinner like we always have done in past summers. We have had some torrential rain from time to time but because it is so dry the ground soaks it up immediately.
We have a ban on watering here in New Hampshire. We are on an odd day schedule right now. We have to keep turning our watering system on and off. Our plants are doing well though as long as we keep watering them. I feel as if I am drying up along with them. We’ve been staying inside with the AC going non-stop. When we go out it is usually to another place that has AC like the movies or stores. Even though the movie theater has had its problems with AC not functioning up to snuff in all theaters.
I’ve been watching the birds especially the hummingbirds. They are frantically feeding at all of our four feeders. Sometimes they are fighting to get to the feeders first. I think they too are feeling the oppressive heat of this summer. They usually stay until the end of August but this year they appear to be readying to leave sooner. Sigh!
My husband makes sure that all the bird feeders are full. This is quite a job since he has four hummingbird feeders, one Baltimore Oriole feeder, one bluebird feeder, and three other feeders with seeds or seed cakes. It is a full-time job for him. I’m not counting what he has to do to take care of our tropical and freshwater fish! That’s another post coming up.
The Baltimore Oriole birds have been scarce recently. They may be leaving soon too. Here are few photos of them in feeding mode.
Here are some photos of hummingbirds feeding at a frantic pace.
Since the birds are so small, you may have to zoom in on the photos. The last photo above is a bird in flight from the feeder. Once he saw me he took off in a flash! They can really move!
Here is one I videotaped in action at one of our feeders. Incredible feeling to see them and to hear their wings beating symphonically. Takes my breath away. They were flying all around me but I couldn’t get my snapshots fast enough so I waited with my video ready to go. But unfortunately, WP did not let me put it in so I snapped this one of an emerald hummingbird feeding in flight.
Some of our flowers like the hibiscus above are tropical plants and love the heat. They flourish in it. I guess I am not tropical because I melt. Even though I love Aruba which is a desert island with a tropical flair. The water is what keeps me cool in the high 80’s there.
Our Rose of Sharon are blooming like crazy as I shown you in other posts. Once they are all in full bloom I will share some more photos. They are too beautiful to believe. I can see them from our windows since they reach up to them with their blossoms.
I hope you are having a happy summer or whatever season you are in in your part of the world. Stay cool in the heat or keep warm in the cold.
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