BASICS


BASICS: "Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with reverence..." (J. J. Audubon).
This is a blog about my summer life at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, at my winter garden, Calypso, in the Bahamas, and aspects of life in general.
This private sanctuary is ONLY open certain, very limited, dates/times, starting july 20, and ending sept 15, and ONLY by specific private appointment, at particular, available "slot" times posted at this blog. No visits of any type without a confirmed appointment (paul.adams%stonybrook.edu)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Century Plant in Flower


On the lawn between "SeaStar" and the ocean there's a large agave or "century plant", whose flower stalk has been growing prodigiously over the last few months, and is now starting to bloom. They are reputed to take a 100 years to flower, though I think 30 is more typical. The flower is about 25 feet high and attracts swarms of insects, bats  and birds, including hummingbirds. After blooming the whole plants dies - indeed, it's already dying, as it pours all its stored energy into the immense flower.

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