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Iridescence

Glistening Ruby-throated hummingbirds will be heading south for the winter soon.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary iridescence is:

1 : a lustrous rainbowlike play of color caused by differential refraction of light waves (as from an oil slick, soap bubble, or fish scales) that tends to change as the angle of view changes
2 : a lustrous or attractive quality or effect
The Ruby-throated hummingbird is found throughout Massachusetts during the warm months. This female paused on the branch of a nearby apple tree recently, providing me with a close-up of her luminous feathers.

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  1. Lovely little guys you’ve captured Julie! Also I meant to comment on your last post but can no longer find it. Your scenery was lovely and I’m looking forward to seeing your photos of the same spots wearing their autumn colors. Best, Babsje

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    1. Thanks! I miss the hummers when the go. The fall scenery around the meadow is really beautiful. I’m looking forward to long photo walks in the cool weather.
      Cheers,
      Julie

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  2. Soon those little whizzers will be heading south. Always miss them when they go south.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I love it when the lighting is right!

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  3. I hope you will be able to recall these luminous, lustrous colors in the midst of winter and warm your heart. 😊

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    1. That’s my plan. I have them set up to play on my television screen saver, and that is really fun!

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      1. It’s always nice to be reminded of happy moments when photos show up randomly on one’s screen.

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