Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Photo to Share and Posts of the Week

Thanks everyone for understanding the delays in setting up the Posts of the Week. Summertime is unpredictable for me as we tend to get up to Frank's cottage when we can, and sometimes stay longer than originally anticipated. The rest of the season will probably be hit and miss.


This tiny ball of colourful feathers is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird which was just taking off from the feeder and on its way back to its perch. What we're seeing is the back of the bird, with wings and tail feathers splayed.

Now, without further delay (finally!), here are the posts of the week.

The icon/award to the left here is yours for the taking if your blog post has been named as a Post of the Week - either as top post or as a runner up, today or in past weeks.

This week's top post goes to:

I'm Not Ready
by Wendy
at Changes With Seasons
Note: Sadly, Wendy's beloved husband David passed away 5 days after this lovely post was written.

Other wonderful posts in no particular order are:

Serving Us
by Ellen
at Stuff From Ellen's Head

by EthelMaePotter
at The Adventures of Fred and Ethel

Lippy Broad
by Snappy Di
at The Blue Ridge Gal

The World's Best Father in the Animal World
by Indrani
at I Share

Same Book. Different Chapter
by Bossy Betty
at Bossy Betty

Touring the World Via DMV
by Shimp
at Land of Shimp

Spring Cleaning 101
by Deb
at Nourish the Soul

by Tabor
at Room Without Walls

Making Roots
by Maggie May
at Nuts in May

My Little Green Friend
by Kerri
at A Little Piece of Me
Corvus-Corone by Keith at Holding Moments

Recommended by: Gaelikka

Pictures of an Indian Fair - Mela
by Charmine
at My Favorites

Recommended by: Alane
A Courtship
by Numinositybeads
at Numinosity

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh Hilary-- That hummingbird is absolutely amazing!

Thanks for the great blogs to read. Wendy's post-- oh my heart is breaking for her.

xo jj

LadyFi said...

Wow! That humming bird picture is incredible! So much feathered beauty!

Unspoken said...

I loved Ellen's post! Glad to see it here :). Cool picture!

Kelly H-Y said...

What an amazing picture. Sounds like you are enjoying your summer immensely ... good to hear!!

Dawning Inspiration said...

I'm so sorry for your friend's loss. Praying for comfort for her.

Amazing capture of that hummingbird Hilary! Yowza!

Grayquill said...

I went by and said hi to Wendy - Thanks. You did good.

Sueann said...

That hummingbird photo is amazing!! Awesome!
Wonderful post, yet again. I visited the blogs you recommended and they were all feasts for my heart and soul. Thank you ever so much!

Brian Miller said...

oh some definite good ones on this list...will visit the rest here in a bit. congrats to all...

tight hummingbird shot hilary...those things are so quick thats gotta take some skill...

messymimi said...

My whole family is fascinated by the hummingbird pic. Thanks!

Maggie May said...

That was a good surprise :-) Many thanks.

Wendy's post was really moving and sad. She so deserved to win.

The humming bird photo was startlingly clever and a very pleasing result.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Kerri Farley said...

Super capture of the hummer in motion Hilary! WOW!!

And thank you so much for the recommendation :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Incredible hummie shot.

ellen abbott said...

Oh Hilary. thank you so much for including me in your list.

Dianne said...

your hummingbird photo is like a great painting!

I caught up with the posts below
love all the little critters
and of course my best buddy Benny
he should have his own show

Mental P Mama said...

That hummingbird is delicious! Going to check out these awesome folks. Enjoy!

She Who Carries Camera said...

For some reason we're not seeing the hummingbirds this summer like normal. Maybe it's been even too darn hot for them! :-)

Deb said...

You have to be mighty fast to get a pic of a hummingbird ~ amazing shot. It almost looks like he(or she) is free falling...kind of takes my breath away.

And thank you for including my post. Much appreciated.

Indrani said...

Hey Hilary, thank you so much for this. It is indeed a great honor to get a mention here. :)

Your Capture of the humming bird is incredible.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

he passed away? oh NO!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Thank you so much for making us aware of Wendy's poignant piece. I would have cried even without your postscript. My heart goes out to her and others in her situation.

Yes, I'm with everyone else in the "great hummingbird photo!" Only you could capture such an incredible image.

Oh, and thanks for including me in the list this week!

Land of shimp said...

Hummingbird photo! I love it, it's the only way to get one to be still, by capturing the image. I always wonder if hummingbirds inspired the tales of faeries, they seem so "not of this plane of existence"!

The magic of the world around us never ceases to amaze me.

Thanks so much for the post mention, Hilary, I appreciate it and was genuinely surprised seeing as that week has thankfully all but faded into memory :-)

Daryl said...

Super choices and never ever apologize for life!

Reb said...

Lovely photo and thanks for the links.

Anonymous said...

I'm coming back to read your choices, Hilary...but as I have the memory of a snail I want to recommend or quite frankly, any one of his posts.

As I used to say in the dim and distant past: see ya later, Alligator

Nancy said...

Love the photo! Summer is unpredictable for everyone. Sometimes blogging has to take a backseat. That being said, I can't wait to come back and read the POTW.

Eleonora Baldwin said...

Lovely image, so full of life.
And thank you for spotlighting the great blog posts-how sad about Wendy's husband.

Cloudia said...

Love that iridescent bird!

Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I can understand getting lost at the cabin. Sometimes that car just doesn't want to go home. Have to let it rest.

I enjoyed Nesting when I read it last week. I love Ethel. Will check out the others.

Enjoy the lake.

MaggieGem said...

Another great capture... that hummingbird photograph is amazing!

Great choices on the POTW, thanks for finding such wonderful blogs. My heart aches for Wendy, but I think she'll be fine, she is a very strong person!

ds said...

Here's an echo: that hummingbird shot is gorgeous. It took a lot of skill (which you have) to get that right! Really impressive.

Loved Alane's piece on the DMV. Will check out the others. I am so sorry for your friend's loss.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for the great reads!

Maria said...

Thank you Hilary. A great selection as usual.

Maria said...

Oh and Hilary! That Hummingbird shot is incredible. I've been getting messages from some of my readers that my posts would come up better if illustrated.

I'll have to do something about that!

photowannabe said...

Love the flurry of feathers in the photo Hilary.
The blogs you suggested were wonderful, so full of passion and thought provoking words.

Numinosity said...

Imagine my surprise when I was receiving comments of congratulations of POTW! After a little internet sleuthing I found the mention here. Thanks,

Clowncar said...

man, that hummingbird picture rocks.

I took like 50 pix of a hummingbird at the sand dunes, trying to get one good shot. nada. you've got some serious skills, Hil.

Deb said...

Just wandered back over here to mention a blog post which I found to be an excellent read ~ even made me a bit teary. I found it at:

Happy reading.

~JarieLyn~ said...

I really love the way you captured that hummingbird and I must say that I've never seen one with such pink colors. It's awesome.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Like the hummingbird, life can be fleeting. I've just returned from reading and commenting on Wendy's post. Thank you for sending us there.