Archive for February, 2013

Terrestial Orchid at 2630m

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Every assent to the top of Mount Totumas yields surprises. Our most recent trip in January was no exception. This beautiful terrestial orchid was in full bloom at 2630m above sea level.

Digiscoping Hummingbirds

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013


Magnificent Hummingbird

Truck in service, construction crew sent home, a few days of simplicity. Time during the last couple of afternoons to photograph the hummingbirds on the deck. The sun from 3-5pm is low enough on the western horizon to light up the deck at just the right angle. These photos were taken through a Leica APO 62 spotting scope while hand holding a Lumix DMC-Z19 point and shoot camera.


Green Crowned Brilliant (male)


Green Crowned Brilliant (female)


Snowy Bellied Hummingbird


Snowy Bellied Hummingbird


White Throated Mountain Gem (male)


White Throated Mountain Gem (male)


White Throated Mountain Gem (female)


Green Violet Ear (male)


Snowy Bellied Hummingbird


Violet Sabrewing (female)


Violet Sabrewing (male)


Magnificent Hummingbird (pollen on bill)


White Throated Mountain Gem (male)


Magnificent Hummingbird


Scintillant Hummingbird (top) and Magenta Throated Woodstar (bottom)