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2018—Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head

This is Day 3 of Madera Canyon.  I continue to be excited and thrilled about my improvements in technique and understanding of using flash for photographing hummingbirds.  But more importantly, I am loving photographing hummingbirds more than ever.  We shoot starting at first light each morning, gathering at 5:00 AM so we won’t miss an opportunity and shooting until 8:30 or 9:00.  Then we go to breakfast. When we return to Santa Rita Lodge, we spend another 3 to 5 hours shooting hummingbirds again.  In between we go on field trips or photograph other birds in the area.  But the focus in on photographing hummingbirds.

The monsoons have arrived in Arizona I and every day there are downpours.  Sometimes it becomes too heavy to continue shooting but on this day, after we returned from our midday field trip to Patagonia, Moose offered to set up the garden area where we’ve been shooting in the afternoons.  It had begun to rain steadily and everyone else opted out of the photo shoot except for Moose and me.  As the rain got heavier, we covered our gear with towels to soak up the moisture and continued shooting because the hummers were still coming to the feeders.

Madera Canyon Day 3 Male Broad-billed rain drops.jpg

This Broad-billed Hummingbird is approaching his feeder while the raindrops surround him.  His head is covered in tiny raindrops.  And not only was this hummingbird’s head covered with raindrops, Moose’s and mine were too.  But, the rain’s duration was relatively short, it didn’t rain hard enough to force us inside to save our camera gear, and  we continued to get some great photographs during the rain.  I didn’t mind that those raindrops were falling on my head.

One response

  1. Melinda

    Sounds like a wonderful trip, Carol! I can just picture you and Moose out in the rain with your gear! I was fighting rain yesterday too on the Kenai Peninsula as we headed to Homer- but I was shooting mountains and mudflats. And now the weather is bright and sunny here in Homer- a fabulous place! Love your hummers- glad you are perfecting your techniques!

    July 12, 2018 at 10:18 am

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