I recently spent 3 days with a very good friend I had not seen for too long a time. We talked non-stop and caught up with so many ideas, thoughts and projects. She showed me her hummingbird feeder she made from a vinegar bottle. She attached a wire for the hummingbird to sit on that would be too delicate for a woodpecker. It seems her woodpeckers try to get into (and do) the feeder to drink. We laughed because I'm trying to feed and attract the woodpeckers at my house! As you can see, the wire is a perfect perch for this Broad-billed Hummingbird. It was the first time I've really seen one.
There was one bud on this cactus when I arrived at her house. Of course I took the bud picture and was very excited the next morning when it opened. This spectacular bloom lasted one day...one day of glory!
The grasshoppers were also just hatching! I got to take their picture before they were unceremoniously sprayed off the zinnia leaves!
So much fun to visit and see the world around me.