Sunday, June 21, 2015

How Green is My Valley…..

Very green indeed!  May and June have brought unbelievable amounts of rain, flooding and very unhappy Coloradans - they don't know how to deal with this kind of weather.  They know how to deal with the sudden afternoon shower, but the relentless downpour, day after day, is another story. With the umbrella being a relatively unused tool on the Front Range, most folks rarely use it and would be hard put to find it if they needed it.

But for now we are green, we are beautiful, and we are Middle-earth.

Of course this is all going to end and soon.  Already seed heads are forming on the wildflowers and wild grasses, soon to be turning yellow and brown.  It was a brief but glorious Spring.

Having said this, the rain hasn’t deterred the hoards of Broad-tail Hummingbirds which inhabit the foothills of the Rockies.  Astonishing numbers of these feisty little critters migrate here in the Spring and then it’s back to Mexico by late Summer - an amazing journey for one so small.  

While here though, they often dive-bomb you to either get them some food or to get out of their way - probably both. The male appears to be in constant courtship mode, whirling around the female, any female they can find, to contribute their genes for the next generation.  Apparently that is the only contribution they make to insure a future for their species, albeit a necessary one.

If they weren’t so darn cute I classify them as an invasive species, constantly depleting my sugar supply and confounding my dog.  

You know I’ve often wondered about the reported annual sugar consumption here in the US.  Are we as Americans getting a bum rap? Is our enormous consumption of sugar possibly the fault of the humble but ravenous hummingbird? This is something consider.

Cheers for now - E 

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful journal of the Perry Park I now love. I look forward to more installments!