Hummingbird Fairy on Gazing ball 2007,

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this hummingbird reminds me of a fairy, as it sees its reflection in the mirror ball, on our front patio.
Captured from open front window. The hummer was totally fascinated by its reflection today. On one visit, it spent about 5 minutes hovering right close to the ball. DH noticed it, and I didn't have the camera at hand, - so rushed to get camera & change lenses and it was still there, hovering around the mirror ball when I returned to the window, so this was one of the first images that I captured. It returned at least 3 more times while I sat there, but didn't stay as long as the first visit.
We have never had the hummingbirds remain here this late. It's cooling off quite a lot at nights now too, which is unusual for August.


Matt - Jan 07, 2011 07:02 AM EDT
This picture is amazing. Whats this gazing ball and how do I get one ? Well done, love this picture.
alandrapal - Feb 01, 2009 09:55 PM EDT
many thanks Julie, for taking time to leave the nice comments. Am happy you like it :)
JulieMetott - Jan 20, 2009 12:01 PM EDT
Love the color and reflection, and to catch the wings up! This shot is amazing!
alandrapal - Aug 20, 2008 05:46 PM EDT
thanks very much, Alex D for your generous praise. Much appreciated. am happy you like the image. Captured several that day, and have only just added one other image taken at the same session.
Pinetree3 - Aug 12, 2008 04:26 AM EDT
Wow, saw this again and it is simply amazing. One of the finest on TLF. The quality of the light and detail is awesome. Best of all is that amazing pose. Love it.
alandrapal - Jul 13, 2008 04:26 AM EDT
Hi Alex D, thanks very much, good to see you here again. Hope all's well with you and yours. Glad you like the image. I cloned out a lot of fuchsia flowers from the background in this one.
Pinetree3 - Jul 12, 2008 05:37 AM EDT
OMG I can't believe I hadn't seen this before. Just amazing. I think your mirror ball shots are simply awesome. I
mtemplet - Apr 22, 2008 01:39 PM EDT
Alandra, I figured out how to email you via this Web site. You should have an email from me in your inbox. :-)
mtemplet - Apr 21, 2008 11:50 PM EDT
Alandra, you mentioned contacting me via this group -- please do. I definitely want to buy a signed print of this image. I may buy two images, depending on cost. Your hummingbird images are the best I've ever seen, as you have captured their charm. Choosing the 2nd image is proving to be hard, -- I have narrowed it down to about 6(!). Please contact me soon, as my boyfriend's birthday is next month and I will want to have this/these professionally framed.
alandrapal - Apr 21, 2008 07:13 PM EDT
:) just noticed there are some duplicated messages Mtemplet, - I just hadn't scrolled back down thru them far enough, when I replied earlier about it. Not to worry, tho'. Alandra
alandrapal - Apr 21, 2008 07:11 PM EDT
thanks very much, Lookingup! happy you like the photo.
alandrapal - Apr 21, 2008 07:10 PM EDT
not to worry about duplicate messages, as so far none have shown up here :) Was interested to hear about the amazing number of hummingbirds that your boyfriend has visiting his feeders, - we have never had more than 4 or 5 here, in any one spring/summer season. Yes, by all means look at the other images of hummingbirds, there are many there. There is a way we can contact each other via this group, other than writing here, - will attempt this shortly.
mtemplet - Apr 21, 2008 06:49 PM EDT
We can proceed however you would like. I'm new to this site -- I joined to inquire on this photo. I didn't see any other way. If there is an established way to contact one another other than by blog, please let me know. I will think about the size, and I'd like to look at your other hummingbird images this evening, to see if I'd like to buy more than one.
Lookingup - Apr 21, 2008 06:29 PM EDT
mtemplet - Apr 21, 2008 06:27 PM EDT
sorry, apparently every time I refresh my screen, it resends my message(?). I won't refresh the screen anymore. I really would like to buy a print of this image for my boyfriend's birthday. He has 7 hummingbird feeders and makes their food everyday. Hundreds of hummingbirds feed there. He would absolutely love this image and I have been searching the Internet for paintings, photos, and other images of hummingbirds. No others have resonated with me as this one has. Thanks.
alandrapal - Apr 21, 2008 06:25 PM EDT
many thanks for your nice comments & interest, Mtemplet. What size print are you considering? I haven't sold any prints before, but it's very encouraging that you are interested in this. We can certainly discuss this privately. best wishes, Alandra
mtemplet - Apr 21, 2008 06:23 PM EDT
I love this image. Would it be possible to buy a high-quality, signed print from you of this image?
mtemplet - Apr 21, 2008 06:22 PM EDT
I love this image. Would it be possible to buy a high-quality, signed print from you of this image?
alandrapal - Apr 21, 2008 06:22 PM EDT
thankyou Shreekant, am glad you like it : )
mtemplet - Apr 21, 2008 06:08 PM EDT
I love this image. Would it be possible to buy a high-quality, signed print from you of this image?
shreekant - Apr 20, 2008 12:55 AM EDT
Great shot!
alandrapal - Mar 28, 2008 10:02 PM EDT
that's a very nice comment, WmPearl, thanks very much, - very encouraging : ) Am looking forward to capturing more images again this summer. We have one rufous female hummer here already, but no rufous males so far.
wmpearl - Mar 28, 2008 07:43 AM EDT
This is a very striking picture of a Hummer. I have a fair amount pictures of Hummers and anytime you can get a picture like this is a great achievement. bP
alandrapal - Mar 17, 2008 06:31 AM EDT
that's really nice of you, Larry, thanks very much for the great encouragement and compliments. This image was chosen as "Image of the Day" at some photo group last year (forget the name of it now :) No, I haven't sold any of the prints. I did license one image to an internet security company in London, UK earlier, - they wanted to use it on an invitation to one of their meetings at Canary Wharf (Reuters news agency is one of their clients), - so that made me pretty excited, and they did pay to use the image, plus they generously sent me a stack of the finished postcard sized invitations. But that's the extent of it. Thanks again. I love capturing images of the hummingbirds. The first rufous hummer this spring arrived back here on the 16th March, so am looking forward to getting some more photos soon.
Larry - Mar 16, 2008 09:04 PM EDT
This picture popped up when I signed in to the lens flare so I went to your gallery to check it out, my God man!!You have some awesome pictures of hummingbirds, this picture is just fantastic, I hope you're selling these prints..what a beautiful picture..
alandrapal - Feb 27, 2008 05:18 AM EDT
Hi Mel, happy to see you here again also, - thanks so much for the lovely comments. Sure did miss everyone here, during the time I wasn't active at TLF since before Xmas. Hope you and yours are all fine also.
Thor-eye - Feb 27, 2008 04:42 AM EDT
Another Awesome Alandra Image! Well Done. I just love this simple composition. Looking into the ball with the hummingbird is like glazing into another world. I hope you are keeping well Alndra, :-)Mel.
Guest - Oct 02, 2007 02:21 AM EDT
thanks so much to both of you, Cindy and Ikka, for such lovely comments, much appreciated. happy to share it with you.
Guest - Oct 01, 2007 04:15 PM EDT
Alandra, I'm so busy and I didn't see this wonderful work! It is really great, to me a masterpiece.
Guest - Oct 01, 2007 05:56 AM EDT
How on earth I missed this, I don't know but was browsing your gallery and whoa!! Such a special shot you have captured. Your mirror ball intrigues me so tomorrow I am going to hang my 'disco ball' in a tree and see if I can attract some hummers!! A likely story as we don't have hummers in NZ!!, oh well, maybe I'll try for the Bee Gee's! A great photo Alandra.
Guest - Sep 30, 2007 12:16 AM EDT
that's really nice of you, Don, thanks so much : ) happy you like it.
Guest - Sep 29, 2007 11:54 AM EDT
A very unique and stunning capture Alandra! Interesting and beautiful, a great combination. Super photo! Don
Guest - Sep 24, 2007 06:08 PM EDT
that's very nice of you, Janice, thanks for taking time to stop by here, much appreciated.
Guest - Sep 22, 2007 04:02 PM EDT
What a WONDERFUL shot!!! And your yard is beautiful--no wonder the hummers love you.
Guest - Sep 14, 2007 08:41 PM EDT
what a nice surprise to see you here, Pam. Thanks for the generous comments, that's really nice, and appreciated. Happy you like the photo : )
Guest - Sep 14, 2007 09:36 AM EDT
Alandra this is the most fabulous photo I have seen! You and the hummer are both awesome!
Guest - Sep 10, 2007 11:00 PM EDT
great to see you here, Nancy. thanks so much for the lovely comments, glad you like it.
Guest - Sep 10, 2007 10:34 PM EDT
Alandra,Great picture,loved the reflection,humming bird very attentive to the mirrow! What a capture~ Love Nancy
Guest - Sep 10, 2007 03:54 PM EDT
lovely to see you here, Jas, and thanks for all the nice comments. Think this is one of the best shots of hummers that I got this summer.
Guest - Sep 10, 2007 09:20 AM EDT
What a beautiful photo' Alandra! This is the first one I've looked at and am now excited about seeing the others.
Guest - Sep 10, 2007 02:39 AM EDT
that's nice of you, Jeannie, many thanks. glad you like it :)
Guest - Sep 09, 2007 11:55 PM EDT
Gorgeous! I think this is my favorite. Love the contrast.
Guest - Sep 09, 2007 11:44 PM EDT
Hi Pam, good to see you here, thanks for the nice comments. We've had that mirror ball for about 6 years now, and some of the "silvering" has come off, due to rain I guess. We bring it in during winter tho'. They're available in various colours, - gold, silvery blue, silvery red etc, but we like the silver one best.
Guest - Sep 09, 2007 11:26 PM EDT
That is really cool, Alandra! I have not seen a reflcting bll before.Pam
Guest - Sep 09, 2007 05:03 PM EDT
lovely to see you here too, Tam and thanks for the nice comment, - yes, I think she's admiring herself :) we sure miss them now they've left.
Guest - Sep 09, 2007 05:02 PM EDT
Hi Linda, great to see you here! nice surprise, thanks so much for taking time to leave such a nice comment. glad you like it :) Alandra
Guest - Sep 09, 2007 04:57 PM EDT
I'm so precious. Yes I am. She is making sure she is prim and proper looking :) Z
Guest - Sep 09, 2007 04:00 PM EDT
I absolutely LOVE this picture! It's fabulous :-)
Guest - Sep 09, 2007 03:52 PM EDT
thanks Lisha for the nice comment. I hope you'll get some hummers in your area, as they are so entertaining. hope you'll enjoy it here, Alandra
Guest - Sep 09, 2007 03:07 PM EDT
Lucky you I can't get the hummingbirds where I am but I think I did see one looking at my morning glories the other day but not sure. Love the picture it is great!!!
Guest - Sep 04, 2007 01:10 AM EDT
thanks so much, Artsyinchicago, - how nice of you! That's a great compliment and is much appreciated and very encouraging. that's really made my day! thanks again :)
Guest - Sep 03, 2007 06:00 PM EDT
I think your work is one of the best out there. I really enjoy looking at your pictures. Great capture as always!!!
Guest - Sep 03, 2007 02:27 PM EDT
Hi Beverly, thanks for the nice comments. That's a cool take you have on it, re pinpointing on the globe where hummer will go :)
Guest - Sep 03, 2007 11:06 AM EDT
Neat shot - kinda reminds me of a world globe and the Hummer has just pinpointed where he will go.
Guest - Aug 30, 2007 03:30 PM EDT
thanks for the nice comments, Janice. It was comical to watch him, he was really pushing his beak towards the glass lots of times, I was hoping he wouldn't break his beak.
Guest - Aug 30, 2007 02:20 PM EDT
Great shot. I love the way the hummer looks as if he is trying to figure how to get in there, should he attack the other bird or no wait is that me in the reflection.
Guest - Aug 30, 2007 04:37 AM EDT
that's very encouraging, Tania, thanks so much. Am so pleased you like it, as it took ages to clone out all those red fuchsias in the background, lol, even between the hummer's legs, plus it was difficult trying to keep the "edge" of the ball sharp too :)
Guest - Aug 30, 2007 03:55 AM EDT
Alandra I think this would have to be my favourite of all your hummer photos. Beautiful
Guest - Aug 29, 2007 11:25 PM EDT
thanks so much, Anne, am glad you like it.
Guest - Aug 29, 2007 05:39 PM EDT
How very, very beautiful and the reflection is lovely Wonderful picture.
Guest - Aug 29, 2007 03:26 PM EDT
thanks very much, Karen, for the nice comments and info. That would be great if the winter is mild. glad you like the dark background, I cloned the fuchsias out of this one.
Guest - Aug 29, 2007 12:27 PM EDT
Gorgeous color, detail and composition. Love the dark contrasting background. Maybe they know something about the weather. According to the "Farmers Almanac", this winter is supposed to be mild in the NW.

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