Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Long Summer's Evening

Thursday, June 29, 2006

We had five dear friends over for dinner tonight and the weather cooperated beautifully. It was one of those June evenings where the sun's lemony light seems to slant in from the West at such an angle as to make everything it strikes look its most beautiful.

As the sun fell, the planets rose. We enjoyed several hours of viewing Jupiter and five of its moons.

The sunset always lasts longer from the tower.

We talked and laughed and languished in the long arms of the gentle evening. And we weren't the only ones enjoying the pleasant, bucolic setting....

This male ruby-throated hummingbird knows a good perch when it sees one.

This is not a sword plant or yucca leaf, it is the wing of our heron weather vane, the hummer's favorite perch.

Here's a toast to good friends Mary Jane and David, Zane and Margaret, and to Shila. And to our dear friends near and far. May every evening you enjoy be as lovely as this one was for us.


On June 30, 2006 at 11:03 PM Susan Gets Native said...

Now THAT'S a great photo!!!
Digiscoped, I presume?

On June 30, 2006 at 11:08 PM Mike's Soap Box said...

What's with the all the summer dresses? You and Julie are to formal for me. Heck I thought you guys were country folks.

On July 1, 2006 at 10:10 AM Bill of the Birds said...

Susan. Yes, the close-up of the hummer on the heron is digiscoped. The first one, a wider shot, is just regular digital camera.

You're lucky we're wearing anything at all....

On July 2, 2006 at 12:17 AM Anonymous said...

Ah. If you have to wear clothes, summer dresses are the breeziest...Ask the kilt wearing Scots.

And that was one heck of a great party.


On July 2, 2006 at 11:03 AM Ben C. said...

Nice silhouette of the hummingbird. I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for making it available.

One thing - Jupiter has only 4 moons visible in an amateur scope not 5. Sometimes background stars will make it seem like there are more than 4.

Thanks again!