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San Diego Botanic Gardens, Encinitas, California, USA [20110531|21:36]
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San Diego Botanic Gardens, Encinitas, California, USA

Female Anna's hummingbird


“Visit the botanic gardens” is not an activity that ever appeared on my lists of things to do when I was living in San Diego. Partly this is because I spent those five years in a basement lab staring at oscilloscopes. Mostly it’s because when I wasn’t doing that, I was more interested in going out dancing than I was in staring a birdhouse for half an hour, watching a cute Bewick’s wren feed the noisy chicks inside. Or tracking dogfights between Anna’s and Costa’s hummingbirds. Or making lists of succulent cacti to try and grow at home (indoors).

My inclinations have changed with age, and I was lucky enough during my visit to have a companion willing to check out the attractions of the botanics on a warm, overcast afternoon.


Trailing ice plant










Sapphire Tower. Teal flowers - so unusual!


Mourning Cloak butterfly
Mourning Cloak butterfly

Bewick's wren









California Daisies

Birds of paradise. I grew up with these. I love them.






Succulents



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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-05-31 21:06 (UTC)
Wonderful shots. Teal flowers...wow.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-01 17:48 (UTC)
Thank you. I think I was very lucky to catch those sapphire towers when they were blooming, otherwise I would have wondered where the name came from. The base of the plant is a rather dull pale green leafy plant, a bit like a spider plant.
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2011-05-31 21:12 (UTC)
So beautuful. Love the Teal flowers, the hummingbirds and the cactus train. Thank you for sharing.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-01 17:49 (UTC)
Thank you for saying so! The cactus train was part of a really big train set model. We tried to run it, but only one small section was working. Still, it was pretty.
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[User Picture]From: tylerwetrust
2011-05-31 21:37 (UTC)
These are all so beautiful. But I particularly the hummingbirds. I've never been able to get a clear picture of a hummingbird & these are so lovely!
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[User Picture]From: tylerwetrust
2011-05-31 21:37 (UTC)
*particularly like

I can't type. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-01 17:50 (UTC)
Ah, you should have seen all the blurry and low-contrast shots I threw away. The problem with hummingbirds is that they like to dart amongst flowers in bushes that camouflage them!
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2011-05-31 22:32 (UTC)
Lovely photos, I sometimes like photographing flowers 'n' stuff too...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-01 17:52 (UTC)
Thank you. I find it a very soothing activity.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-06-01 02:37 (UTC)
So many beautiful shots! Especially of the humming birds!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-01 17:53 (UTC)
Thank you. They're pretty challenging to photograph. As soon as one starts getting comfortable and looking like it's going to hang out around a small group of flowers for a while, another one comes along and dive-bombs it.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2011-06-01 04:52 (UTC)
Working at a botanical garden is fun too - but ours is not nearly as nice as this one!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-01 17:56 (UTC)
Ooh, what are you doing at yours?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-01 17:59 (UTC)
Oh, thank you for that. I've felt like I've made a cognitive leap with my photography lately. It's disheartening when it doesn't feel like you get any better even after having had years to practice with a dSLR, so this was a good feeling. Also, it's so hard to tell when you're improving at something you practice every day.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2011-06-02 12:06 (UTC)
Hummingbirds! Oh, no matter how much exotic birdlife I come to know and love, that's something the Americas will always have over the rest of the world. My heart just lifts whenever one whizzes past back stateside.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-05 14:47 (UTC)
Yes. I miss them. I wish it wouldn't be disruptive to the ecosystem to import them to Europe. Surely they would enjoy migrating between here and north Africa...
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From: pbristow
2011-06-03 18:48 (UTC)
Wow!!! The combination of bold colour and sharp detail in these is terrific.

Would it be OK if I download these and stick them together in a folder and/or HD video clip, for when I want some challenging tests for my video filters? =:o}
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-05 14:46 (UTC)
But of course! All the links go to 1000x667 pixel images. If those aren't big enough, let me know.
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From: pbristow
2011-06-05 23:56 (UTC)
Plenty big enough... I'm tempted to say "bigger is always better", but no, the actual truth is *closer to the source* is always better. So, what size/resolution were they taken at, and is it possible to get my hands on the raw files as taken straight from the camera? [BATS EYELIDS HOPEFULLY] =:o}



Edited at 2011-06-05 11:57 pm (UTC)
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