Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Well, those old Olympics in London may be all over but here in my garden, I've got a couple of Olympic type events still a-happening. My favourite is, of course, the synchronised humming event. What? You've never heard of this event you say? Well then... let me introduce you to one of my all-time favourite Olympic sports.
I was sitting at my computer the other day, working on my blog, when I heard a zip and a zap and a zimmy-zing-zoo just outside the bay window. I looked up and what did I see? Two hummers. That's right, two of them! Two at once!!! They zoomed here and they zoomed there and quite honestly, they zoomed just about everywhere... but always keeping in perfect synchronisation. Oohhhh.... what a beautiful sight it was to behold.
Usually the hummers come to that window for the honeysuckle but there aren't many flowers left on the vine now. Too late in the season, I suppose. But those hummers are quite versatile in their choice of dinner menus which is a very reasonable way to be, I do believe. They eked out a little nectar from the few remaining honeysuckle flowers but what they were really after that day were the lilies. The Oriental Hybrid lilies were in full bloom and those hummers were just humming with delight about the fact. They enjoyed all the different ones. Didn't matter if the flowers were white or pink or red or any of the various combinations in which these lilies appear. They loved them all.
At one point, the two hummers hovered over two different lily flowers that were blooming, side by side. Then, at the very same second, they both spun in unison and zoomed away. A few minutes later, they were back and still in fine form.
Oohhh... it was a gold medal performance that day for sure. It's almost as if they knew I was sitting there watching them and wanted to put on the best show they possibly could... just for me. And that's a good idea, I think. After all, for any Olympic type events occurring in my garden, I am the judge. Yeah, that ol' peep of mine might sometimes judge at flower shows but I, Nerissa the cat, judge the Olympic Synchronised Humming events. I think I'm the far more important judge. Don't you?
And speaking of peeps. Do you think I have any footage of this spectacular performance? Nope. Not a thing. Not even one still shot of those hummers. The peep is pretty useless when it comes to stuff like that. I sent her out to take a few pictures of the event but all she came back with were pictures of the lilies along with a million and one excuses. Or was it a million and two? Doesn't matter, really. The point is, there was not a hummer in sight. MOUSES! I tell you, I have got to get myself some new peeps! The ones I've got just aren't living up to my expectations.
As I said before, this was definitely a gold medal winning team. In fact, if I can find a couple of gold medals small and light enough for those two hummers to wear around their necks, we'll have a little award ceremony right here in my garden. That would be fun. Don't you agree? And, of course, I will be doing the presenting of the medals. It only seems right. The peep could present them with some flowers, if she so desires. Really, it will be just so that she doesn't feel completely left out. Always got to find ways to include those peeps, I'm afraid. Their egos are so sensitive. You know what I mean?
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Awwww what a shame you didn't get a picture!!! Sounds like a truly pawesome experience... I wish I'd seen it too...ReplyDelete
Yep, an award ceromony would be great, can I come?
Have a great day Nerissa
Bestest meows and purrs
It's ok that the peep didn't get pics of the hummers, cuz the pics of the flowers more than make up fur it. Gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Lots of eye candy today between pretty Nerissa and the spectacular flowers!ReplyDelete
Would like to see the hummingbirds too...
Those hummers are so much fun to watch. Those two sound terrific. It is hard to get pictures of humming birds. Have a terrific day.ReplyDelete
Humming birds are hard to photograph - even harder than photographing us cats. My human knows, she has tried!ReplyDelete
Awwww you are so lucky to have synchronised flying hummers in your garden gorgeous Nerissa!!! Then again you have such gorgeous blooms! Yay! Take careReplyDelete
The human loves the flower pics, but I need to see the hummers!!! >^..^<ReplyDelete
oh yeah I TOTALLY know what you mean, Love, CodyReplyDelete
Well Nissy, the flowers are bootiful even without the hummers..go light on the peep...she tries...paw pats, SavannahReplyDelete
I know exactly what you mean pal. Too bad mom didn't get those pictures tho - hummers are so cool.ReplyDelete
Those hummers can really put on a show!ReplyDelete
Nerissa, yous described those hummers so well, me coulds see them in my imagination flitting around those wonderful pictures of flowers your people tooked!ReplyDelete
how utterly sweet... we loved your post.. We haven't been visiting because we have been away and then encumbered with extra work that going on holiday entails. Lovely to be back. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxxReplyDelete
My mom and I enjoy our hummingbirds too. Do you have Ruby Throated ones or another kind?ReplyDelete
Ours will still be fattening up for 2, 3 more weeks then they will migrate home.
Peep says she 'thinks' they're the ruby throated ones although I can see quite a bit of green on them. Peep thinks she read once that we only get the one kind of hummer here in Nova Scotia but I think it's a pretty good kind, whatever it is. purrsDelete
Maxwell: Nerissa. Dude. Birds ROCK. Sounds like you've got the Premium Channel at your house! We only have Basic Bird Cable here. *sigh.....*ReplyDelete
What a great day you have, Nerissam, with lovely flowers in the garden and humming birds to entertain you.ReplyDelete
Thank you for visiting us and sending comforting words.
We love you. Purrs!
I bet they're nommy! You could've had a good snack if your Human had brought them in for you....Betcha can't eat just one!ReplyDelete
Note: My Human tells me that this comment shows an appalling lack of tact and sensitivity. I say: Yeah, so? Heh heh.
Wow...you have synchronised hummers in your yard! We see hummers but never SYNCHRONISED ones! No wonder you're going to award medals - they deserve them. Hummers work so hard don't they! My Mom is VERY jealous of your Mom's beautiful lilies. No wonder you have lotsa hummers visiting - so much for them to SEE!ReplyDelete
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
Quite amazing - two at once? Cool! Those flowers sure are pretty :)ReplyDelete
Say, just a thought: Are those flowers edible? Tasty? Cause we could maybe make them into a side dish to serve with the Hummers.ReplyDelete
Good one, your Royal Highness. But... uh... no. Not edible. Lilies are quite toxic to cats. Peep doesn't let me play around them. Peeps have been known to eat lily bulbs. My peep doesn't. She grows them for the flowers not for the dinner table. But for cats, eating lilies is bad news. Very bad, indeed.Delete