10 Jul 13. Walking around Pt Townsend last Saturday with the cherubs in tow, Jan found some interesting stores to peruse while I went looking for something interesting to photograph. I found a spot that looked promising, but a few too many people got in the way and so I simply wandered to a different section of the location to try my hand at shooting a few flowers. At first I was rather disappointed at what I was seeing, but as I worked my way around the display I came to a large grouping of Crocosmia, a native plant of South Africa, a flower I really like, and one which resides in the small garden in the front of our house, only ours has yet to bloom and these were in full glory. As I was attempting to get the composition I desired, I heard a sound that is quite common coming from our rear deck and took my eye from the viewfinder to see a pair of what I believe were Ruby Throated Hummingbirds enjoying the flowers even more than I. As this pair was actually remaining at the flowers longer than a micro second, and not fighting with each other, I decided that I'd work with the birds as my main subject and not the flowers. I got a couple dozen usable shots, all somewhat similar, yet each different, and chose, well, Jan chose, this one to share for today. I've cropped away a lot of foliage, cloned out a couple annoying spots, added a wee bit of detail enhancement to just the bird, and softened the background via a noise reduction layer some to highlight the little gal. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 7.1.