Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #360

Taking time for a little stretch.

I guess when you beat your wings at a 100 time a second and your heart rate races up to 1000 pulses per minute, that you also earn a break every now and then.

With the exception of insects, hummingbirds while in flight have the highest  metabolism of all animals, a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings. Their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute, a rate once measured in a Blue-throated Hummingbird.  They also consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily. Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death, and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight.

Hummingbirds are capable of slowing down their metabolism at night, or any other time food is not readily available. They enter a hibernation-like state known as torpor. During torpor, the heart rate and rate of breathing are both slowed dramatically (the heart rate to roughly 50 to 180 beats per minute), reducing the need for food.

So, how fast are you moving on your journey††††††††nada te turbe†††††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #343

We spent a nice part of the day at Bluff Springs Waterfall in Lincoln National Forest just south of Cloudcroft, NM. It was an absolutely fabulous day with my muse and our son. We had several nice rain-showers mixed with sunshine. As we sit in the trailer tonight it is coming a heavy downpour.

The area near the base of the falls was shrouded in flowers and the number of Rufous Hummingbirds made you think you had arrived in the promised land. I was in heaven and whiled the day away doing micro photos of flowers and close ups of the hummers. Tomorrow will be hard pressed to top today, but look forward to see what surprises there are.

Enjoy what you find on your journey…nada te turbe…..jim