For the past few years I've been trying to get a decent picture of the hummingbirds that come to our yard, but the little critters are so fast and skittish I figured it would be impossible. Then, as Lloyd and I were enjoying our final swim in the pool before heading home to Canada, I spotted one darting from our orange flowers and landing near the top of the ocatilla (stick tree) cactus. I worked my way to the edge of the pool nearest him - about four feet away - and just watched. When he didn't show any signs of leaving his perch, I slowly and quietly backed away, got out of the pool and ran for my camera.
These are the pictures I got.
It's almost as if he was posing for me. He knew I was there but didn't seem to be afraid and stayed there for at least 15 minutes while I admired him and took pictures...a lovely treat on my final day in Arizona.