Yesterday I was cooped up for a long afternoon with 52 of my fellow prospective jurors in the poorly-lighted, warm canned-air confines of the Phoenix Central Court building. It felt like days instead of hours.
I don't know how the lovely judge can tolerate her gloomy windowless courtroom, much less asking strangers the same questions and reciting the same legal phrases over & over & over again. Yikes! Claustrophobic old me couldn't wait to get out into fresh air and sunlight again. Luckily, I was a juror reject this time.
So this morning, with rain and strong winds predicted for us tomorrow, I decided to go you-know-where for another photo wander. The cactus are all budded and bursting into bloom, so every few days there are fresh new sights to see.
But today, the best sight of all came in the huge palo brea tree just outside the admissions booths, where a bunch of people had eyes and/or cameras glued on something up in the tree:
Two newly-fledged baby Anna's hummingbirds, only hours out of their nest.
DBG + baby hummingbirds = bliss.
Apparently the garden staff and volunteers had been watching this nest for the past month, and it turned out today was the big day.
Here's a short video I took of the mama feeding her babies. The sound is from the admission booth and some passersby, not a great soundtrack, so you may want to turn down your volume... the babies didn't make much noise, anyway. They were too busy eating.