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Hummingbird Drama

a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Hummingbird Drama

Continental Divide, New Mexico is located on a major migration route for hummingbirds. Ethel only keeps three feeders at our house because of the amount of work necessary. This a photo of one bird, but right now we have swarms of them. Wings whir; they dart and buzz; they fly off to nearby trees; they sit on our fence; then they return to the feeders. They often look like a moving cloud. Each feeder, if they are to be kept filled, requires five trips to where they are out of the house a day. We often have up to six species at the feeders, often quarreling, at once.

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Zuni Mountains

a photograph by Sonja Bingen, our daughter

The Red Cliff Country

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Rain Clouds

a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis

Rain Clouds

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Sunset at Continental Divide

a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis

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Clouds at Sunset

a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis

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Sweet Corn in the Desert

Ethel grew up on a dairy farm not far from Wausau, Wisconsin. The farm, its woods, and the stream that ran through the farm often finds its way into her poetry, but perhaps the greatest skill she took away from her childhood was her ability to grow anything anywhere. The Pueblo and Navajo who live in the country around Continental Divide have traditionally grown the three sisters: Corn, squash, and beans. We had not lived in New Mexico for long before Ethel picked up the magic of this combination of plants. This year, however, her corn has been the most spectacular of any year since we moved here. She made compost all winter and spring and has fed the small corn patch in our yard strategically since early spring. She has watered most mornings during this terrible year of drought, and the result is the tallest sweet corn to be found anywhere close to here. The beans, wrapped around the corn stalks, is just as profuse, resulting in a good year for Ethel’s crops.

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Backlight

a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis

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Hummingbirds at Sunrise

photographs by Ethel Mortenson Davis

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Evening in Continental Divide

a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis

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The Red Mesas of Continental Divide

by Alazanto, Kevin Davis, our son

Taken on November 29, 2006 near Continental Divide, New Mexico

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