Mo (Summer birds desert ). Photo by Lauren517
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Monday June 17, 2013

Sahuarita, AZ (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Since 6-1 I have been shooting a mama hummingbird and her baby. I named it Mo as, early on it looked like it had a mohawk! Mo is getting big and I think he / she will be around only about another week; then they both will most likely be gone. Have shot over 1000 images and saved about 200 and cut those down to about 66. They are REALLY tiny!


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Subject Distance: 1.9 m

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Flash: Flash did not fire.

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Subject Distance Range: Unknown

June 17, 2013 Photo Series

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12. Lauren517
12:05 AM GMT on June 24, 2013
I have a Photo List of people I periodically send emails to with Picasa Photo albums / slideshows - about 100 people.

In case some of you have come back here I want you to know I did a dialog email and 47 picture Picasa on the hummingbirds - Mama & Mo.

If you would like to see it just email me at

All of my pictures are copyrighted.
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11. vanpet
5:13 AM GMT on June 23, 2013
I love hummingbirds and this shot is excellent. Thanks for sharing. 10+ shot
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10. chwecka47
5:02 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
These little guys are so fascinating. I discovered a nest in one of my trees with two young in it last year. I also followed their developement and was sad one day when I came out and they were gone.
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9. Lauren517
2:27 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Thank you, everyone. A real learning experience for me. First lesson for me - patience! One day I stood for an hour - keep in mind we are 20 miles or so south of Tucson - and got only a couple of brief opportunities for shots. Got home and all images hit by the Delete button! And all the various different lighting conditions depending on time of day, etc.

The evolution of Mama with Mo is interesting. The feeding, Mo growing and the nest sharing, how Mama stands on the edge of her nest and spreads her wings to give shade to Mo (that truly fascinates me!), and how she will sit and watch me from a branch as I set up the tripod and all several feet away.

Truly, a wonderful experience - and it ain't over til the fat lady sings as they say.

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8. Doesiedoats
1:39 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
What a wonderful experience watching a
hummer develop. Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations on your AC.
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7. gardner48197
1:33 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Love your journey with these Hummingbirds, AC Congrats on another beauty!!
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6. Nikongranny
1:28 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Glad you were able to take good advantage of this opportunity to follow nature. I know how tiny and fast these birds are. The nest is so small, that even though we knew about where a nest was, in the thicket we could not get anywhere near it. I envy you. Congrats and 10 from SW IOwa
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5. Kennebunker
10:39 AM GMT on June 19, 2013
What a marvelous treat to have been able to follow this event, and really get to know these tiny birds. Kudos to you, and congratulations on the Blue Border, Lauren.
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4. lorik
5:12 AM GMT on June 19, 2013
Sweet!Congrats on new AC!!!!!:-)))
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3. tamcat
4:24 AM GMT on June 19, 2013
Amazing detail for this little bird. -kevin :)
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2. Luckystar
2:38 AM GMT on June 19, 2013
FANTASTIC capture! Mo is a DOLL! 10!

Congrats on an awesome AC!!
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1. newenglandlight
2:03 AM GMT on June 19, 2013
Awesome shot of Mo! Thanks for sharing!
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About Lauren517


I took early retirement (age 55) from a corporate sales / marketing career in 1995. My wife (now 51 years of marital bliss!), Barbara, and I then built our dream home in Estes Park, CO only to realize we could not live at 8,000' as a base elevation (though we hiked regularly at 10-12,000' and up to 14,000'). So in the spring of 2003 we sold it and built a home at Quail Creek at 3000' in Sahuarita, AZ - just south of Tucson; near the Santa Rita Mountains. Due to a hiking fall in 2008, and subsequent re-constructive shoulder surgery, the "no more golf" mandate brought me back to my photography. God works in mysterious ways!I use PhotoShop minimally; enhance but not create as I say. Want people to see what I saw as I pretty much saw it. I have been blessed to have been asked to do one person gallery exhibits and am frequently published in magazines and newspapers.Although I sell my images, the real reward is the joy I am told I bring to others with my efforts. My motto is, "Shoot The Shot The Others Did Not!"

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