Ok I have to admit it was really hard choosing photos for this sequence because Justin took like 300 photos of the hummingbird (pretty nice don’t you think!) .  But seriously, give this guy a camera and boom there’s like a whole card filled with some great shots.

There’s this little hummingbird that visits the urban homestead every morning and evening.   I think she’s in love with Farmer J because she follows him around the yard!  Seriously, I’ve witness her flirtations myself!

But if you are unable to spot her – shhhh, just listen.  You can (over the roaring din of the 11 lane freeway) hear her high pitched clicking/ticking sounds and know she’s hanging around checking at the comings and goings of the urban homestead.

However she’s not alone! We’ve think we’ve spotted at least three or four of ’em!

The humble wonderment one gets everyone time we spot the small critters from the birds, bees and butterflies is knowing that we are doing our small part  — caring for all creatures great and small.

Creating such a haven in an urban environment sans pesticides, insecticides and chemicals is vital in preserving the beneficial balance of a garden.

The more you do to attract beneficial ( birds, butterflies and bees) the more balanced your garden eco system is becoming.  In fact “interplantings” have been one of the key’s to our growing success (in both lbs and beneficials)


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This morning (thanks for making our day!)

I myself am on the slippery slope to sustainability and I was amazed when I stumbled upon your blog today.  I thought there were limits to what you could achieve living in an urban area and I am truly inspired to see what can be done in a small urban environment.  Now I see that there really are no limits when the intention is pure. Families like yours give me hope for the world.

Thank you for inspiring me this Friday morning.



  1. says:

    Those are some awesome pics J! Impressed! I dont think I could ever get shots of our hummingbirds. We have one (or is it two?) that visit us daily. She started showing up the day my mom passed away last year. We have seen her every day, and she hangs out in a crape myrtle tree watching over us.

    We also have three birdie families inhabiting underneath the overhang of our old roof. Love to hear all the babies chirping!

  2. Michelle says:

    Beautiful photos…I love hummingbirds. They make me happy every time they come around…even when they fight over the nectar!

  3. claire says:

    you are inspiring!!
    love the hummingbird photographs, I have never seen one in ‘real life’, maybe one day…

  4. LittleAntFarm says:

    Amazing photos. And yes you do end up taking a gazillion just to get those few great ones. Thankfully now its just a matter of deleting a gazillion minus three. LOL.

  5. Cc says:

    Hey, did you know that you could enter those pictures in competitions! You can make money with those! Many Blessings! C

  6. Mary Hysong says:

    Wow, great shots of the hummer! What are you using? I haven’t tried a hummer but I don’t think my rinky dinkky digital is up to a shot like those.

  7. Angela says:

    God Bless You All!!! I’m a single senior who was disabled for a 8 yrs & now better I’ve moved to north Dallas because I can afford housing here. You all are so inspiring that I plan to to become sustainable.
    Most of your videos just brought tears to my eyes from the simple beauty, joy, and love that was so obvious. Without all the normal pitches to purchase something you provide wonderful info by examply.
    I will continue to follow you for inspiritation and to learn your techniques.
    Abundant Blessings,

  8. The Prudent Homemaker says:

    The hummingbirds like to stop on a branch about 12 inches from my face, or fly by, chasing each other, whenever I am out harvesting in the garden; they are never stopping for me when I’m out with my camera.
    I did get a dragonfly to rest for me the other day, though. I saw him while I was inside eating lunch and he hung around long enough for me to get some photos of him; click on my name to see him; he’s bright orange!

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