Just after dawn, as Moon-the-Dog and I were making our joint reconnoiter of the yard and riverbank, I happened to spot this tiny ruby-throated hummingbird tucked away beneath an umbrella of canna lily leaves, no more than two feet above the ground, on a handy bergamot stem perch.
It's not the greatest photo…I had to crank the ISO up a couple of stops and try and hold the 450mm lens steady at a 90th of a second in order to manage the shot. I've also lightened the resulting image overall, just to keep it from being a dim, green-tinged silhouette—though I hope I've retained the sense of dark mystery of the little bird's hidden shelter.
Hummers are often the first birds we see in the morning, beginning their countless trips to the nectar feeders when it's yet so dark that you sometimes can't spot them sipping their sweet breakfast, and only realize they were there when they go whirring away. Perhaps that's what this hummer was doing, resting between feeder forays.