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 now permanently closed to the general public, as a result of a lawsuit brought by a neighbor. Only my friends and personal guests may visit (

Sunday, August 11, 2013

CLOSED TODAY; Blackberry Lily; Waivers needed to visit; were open this morning only

We are open this morning (sunday aug 11 9.30-12.30) but only to those that bring a printed signed dated waiver and NOT THIS AFTERNOON. No waivers can be issued at the sanctuary. Please do not visit this morning if you have previously visited the sanctuary. Only a limited number of people have currently received waivers, but I will share more waivers (electronically, and only via the waiver link) very soon (we are current with requests up to the end of aug 9). After parking, in the posted lot only, go straight down the right-hand driveway to the admission desk where you should ring the bell and wait until I arrive to take your waiver and admit you. Thanks! We are closed this afternoon for a family reunion. We will be open several slots (am and/or pm) in the coming week (but definitely not tues am or fri pm) - check this blog for confirmation before setting out
The recent photo, by Jimmy Chiu, shows a young hummingbird probing a blackberry lily blossom. This plant used to be known by the latin name Belamcanda, but has recently been renamed Iris domestica. I planted it long ago and it keeps going, even in the tough conditions here. It's named for the clusters of black seeds that look like......blackberries. There are reports that hummers use it, as Jimmy's photo suggests, but I have never seen this.

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