Sunday, July 16, 2006

Thank you, Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown was my 7th grade typing teacher. We all had to take typing. Lot's of exercises in typing on real manual typewriters. ffff jjjj ffff jjjj sort of thing to start, working up to "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" which has every letter of the alphabet. Mrs. Brown is the reason I am able to type without looking at the keyboard.

This time it WAS a hummingbird!

No pictures, but I saw a hummingbird in Michele's garden today, around 7:30. It was a sort of blue-gray, about 3-1/2 to 4" long, and seemed to like the Dragon's Tongue flowers the best. I watched it for a few minutes. I crouched in the center of the yard, and once it flew over my head to perch in a bush behind me, then flew back to the Dragon's Tongue. By the time I snuck away and back with the camera it was gone.

I also watched a bee on the butterfly bush, which has flowerets smaller than the bee itself. The bee's proboscis seemed just the right length for it. It's as if you or I put our nose in a trumpet. Why we would want to do that I could not guess, but that's about the size relationship of the flower and the bee.