Lucky birds to live in such fine accommodations.
My photos were taken several years ago at the San Diego Botanical Garden in September 2010. I was on my own but had tagged along on one of hubby's business trips, before retirement.
It was the first time I had ever used GPS and remember feeling elation. It gave me the comfort to venture forth in an unknown area. I had an Atlas and had also written instructions, but could not take my eyes off that busy freeway. I managed to get to the garden there and back without getting lost, while listening to the voice in the machine. It was a 70 plus mile round trip and meeting up with my Dear Other Half at the end of his work day, I remember the excitement of telling him all about the journey and about this beautiful garden.
Another first for me was seeing my first hummingbird. (I believe I have found its ID at this link, Allen's Humminbird? Any experts out there who can confirm? Added note: In their comments below Anni of Hootin' Anni's Day Trippin' and David of Travels with Birds, both of whom know their birds, say this looks like Anna's Hummingbird. Thank you Anni and David! I can always count on my blogging friends.) A great memory as even now it makes me smile at the excitement I felt at that encounter. I was sitting in a quiet spot on my own, and a hummingbird flew onto a branch just above my head. We stared at each for what seemed like a long time, and I took lots of photos. I put my camera down and observed quietly for several minutes before she flew away.I felt like the young girl in this beautiful painting. I wish I could give you the name of the artist, but I believe she knew how I felt with each brushstroke. And at the end of every pathway was another memory maker. I stayed for hours. Absolute magic!
May you have your own magical moments this weekend, and thanks for visiting.