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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy Hungry Hummingbirds

Okay, first things first, since I have been so sporadic with my posting lately,
be sure and go over to the right and sign up for an e-mail notice when I have a new post.
That way when I finally get around to it, you will know and you won't have that disappointing
blog check that you have already seen before.

Now down to business.
Hummingbirds and what to feed them.
If you live in Oklahoma, you will see our little hummingbird friends from about late March to September/October.
That's when you will need to put out your feeder and keep it full.
If you put out a feeder keep it full.
Oh, did I already say that?
That's because the little guys rely on you, so don't tease them.
Alright, let's make some hummingbird grub.
4 parts water to one part sugar.
So that means 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar or any variation thereof.
I'm pretty sure I have never used the word "thereof" until now.

The water is brought to a boil to get rid of all contaminates.
I add the sugar after boiling, but you can just pour it all in at once
and microwave until boiling bubbles appear.
My microwave boils 4 cups of water in about 8 minutes.
Easy and brings lots of hummingbird porch moments that you will enjoy.

I wish I could say that this guy was on my back porch, but no.
This is one of the giant hummingbirds we saw in the rain forrest.
They were very people friendly and allowed some great photos.
Check them out below.

These hummingbirds were at least twice, if not more, as big as the ones I see on my back porch.

Watch out!
Coming in for a landing.
That was the other cool thing about their feeders in Costa Rica.
They provided the little guys with a perch.
So, the old rumour that hummingbirds never perch, untrue.

Now I just have to go on Costa Rica and find one of those
perchy feeders and we will be all set.

Try it for yourself, I promise you won't regret it.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More Costa Rica and Rainy Rain Forrest

Awww!  I love this picture.
We are just happy to be there.

Chop! Chop!
Helping in the kitchen with Julie and Katie.

Jeff and Laurie were our mission trip team leaders.
They do a great job.

Pastor Victor and Frances our interpreter.

Carter and Daddio fixing up some stuff.

My little friend Francini.

Another little friend that was soon asleep
while his mother was at the Women's Bible study.

Oh, Daddio, you are a cool dude!

2Groovydude getting dirty with the kids.

More getting dirty with friend Dawson.
I think they were actually working, wow!

Daddio soaring (or climbing) to lofty heights.

Lean and mean soccer game with some local kiddos.

More soccer fancy feet.

Ox cart on the way to the zip line.
Yes, they really do use them still.

Stormy, rainy, and cool weather.
Just like I like it.

Our whole zip line crew.

2Groovydude taking off.
He wasn't even scared.

Suited up.

2hipchick ready for take off.
I was slightly more nervous about the whole thing
than 2Groovydude.

Go! Daddio! Go!

Zip line platform.

So much gorgeous vegetation.
I just couldn't get over it.
I want all these plants in my backyard.

Little huts along the road to La Paz.

Tucan Sam.
Well, that's what I'm calling him.

2Groovydude making friends with Tucan Sam.
How cute!

Wow, flashy bird!

Beautiful butterflies in the butterfly house at La Paz.

Sweet treats out for the butterflies.

More butterflies to come.
Love that color.

Mango monkey.

Okay, so I know this is weird, but have you ever seen a sink
like this?  Too, cool.
Water from a rock.
Hmm, symbolic.

Crazy boys before they were soaked to the skin in the
rain forrest.

Now, these cats know how to spend a rainy day.


It totally looks like the center of this flower is glowing.
Was it glowing?
Hmmm, it is now.

My flower garden has never had this color.
Not even close.

Photos from the frog hut.
I do know that we have a local green frog at home.
(See my home page.)
But this little dude outdoes them all.

Wow, color and pattern.
And so tiny.

Here's what we came for, the waterfalls.
Oh, yeah!  They were spectacular.

Did I mention that it rains in the rain forrest?
Drops as big as your head.
Yes, we got wet.
It was totally worth it.


I have included a link to the La Paz waterfall gardens.