Tag Archives: Images of Tabachine

It’s a Jungle Out There! FOTD June 9, 2020

I can’t believe how lush everything is right now, even before the rainy season. This is the view from my studio.

And here’s a closeup:

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Tabachine with Butterfly: FOTD June 8, 2020

I sat for hours watching dozens of these black and orange/red butterflies flittering around the tabachine. They moved so fast that it was almost impossible to get a focused shot but the entire ballet was so beautiful.  Then one large yellow butterfly dive-bombed the bush and then soared out over the empty lot next door and back again. I saw it several other times.. a nice interruption. I am loving spending lots of time in my studio or hammock watching the busy life of my backyard. Then came the invasion of cows, but that is a story for another blog.

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Tabachine with Hummingbird: FOTD May 9, 2020

Click on photos to enlarge. A video of the hummingbird is at the end. Unfortunately, by the time I thought to take a video, it was his last run and I didn’t really capture the butterfly.


Yesterday I watched a hummingbird sitting on a branch of the pistachio tree and guarding this tabachine. First a monarch butterfly and then a large black swallowtail butterfly repeatedly tried to sip nectar from blossoms on this tree and every time, the hummingbird swooped down and attacked them and drove them away. This went on hundreds of times over an hour period. I never saw the hummingbird feeding at the bush. I inspected it closely and there was no nest in either the tabachine or the pistachio. He was just being mean! After an hour, when the butterflies finally gave up, the hummingbird finally flew away as well. I have never seen a hummingbird stay still without feeding for that long. In between chasings, he sat still on that branch for at least an hour. Here are photos I took of the pistachio and the tabachine. And that nasty hummer.

Be sure to click on photos to enlarge your view. The third photo shows the distance between the tabachine in the foreground and the pistachio tree with the hammock I was observing from behind it. They weren’t really in close proximity


And here is the little hummer. I put out a feeder for him today. Hopefully he’ll now leave the butterflies alone.




For Cee’s FOTD
and, for Sunday Trees.

Royal Poinciana Tree Abloom FOTD, Apr 25, 2020


I can’t seem to get a photo that does this Royal Poinciana tree in the front yard of my house justice. The sun was too bright this morning. I’ll try again this afternoon.

It’s only negative feature is that it is messy when the petals begin to fall. Here they are, above and below. Click on photos to enlarge.



For Cee’s FOTD.