Life, the Beginning

Uploaded: April 23, 2009


Mom has been spending most of her time out of the nest now, but decided to hang out for a while and pose with the kids for me.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/160 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 235.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Melissa Olsen April 23, 2009

Oh Leslie, this is so special...what a wonderful blessing you are getting from spring and nature. #1117570

Kim Kleinschmidt April 23, 2009

Wonderful Capture Leslie! WOW! #7439032

Lola M. level-classic April 23, 2009

Terrific Capture - You are so fortunate to have this nest close by for many photo opportunities! #7439047

Michelle Alton April 23, 2009

Wow...this is outstanding! #7439116

A P April 23, 2009

These were the shots I've been waiting for. AWESOME Leslie. Clarity, comp, details OUTSTANDING. I think we'll see this one again, girl #7439149

Loan Tran level-classic April 23, 2009

I envy you. I love these hummings and have not spotted any nest. It is a beautiful image. #7439167

Patricia Seidler April 23, 2009

Wow! Fantastic capture of nature at its best! #7439179

Debbie Price April 23, 2009

Wow! What a treat to be able to capture this photo! I just love the colors and the scene. I am "jealous" dp #7439233

Liz blahh April 23, 2009

Mother nature at its best and you have captured it wonderfully! #7441837

Kathy Cline April 23, 2009

Leslie this is just AMAZING and a WINNER in my book.
God Bless Kathy #7442038

Timothy Guay April 24, 2009

- Timothy #7445559

Sharon Sawyer April 24, 2009

WOW!!! Totally awesome capture of these tiny blessings. Leslie, this is a winner in my books! #7447042

Jessica Jenney April 25, 2009

Amazing capture, Leslie! A winner in my book too! Into my faves! #7448476

Anita Hogue April 25, 2009

WOW, this is absolutely fabulous, Leslie! Lucky you to find this sweet nest and you captured it so beautifully! #7449615

A P May 15, 2009

Don't make me choose between this one and Feed Me. Both are outstanding Leslie. Good Luck #7523665

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic May 15, 2009

Love the details, the colors, the light, AND, of course, the subjects!!!
Bet we see it again!
~Lisa #7523907

Jean E. Hildebrant May 16, 2009

Oh my, what a capture!! Lovely and so well done! I hope we see this again!! #7527484

Linda Boehme level-classic May 25, 2009

Awesome capture! Love it! Hope to see this again. #7554739

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic May 31, 2009

Re-submit, Leslie.
Deserves more recognition...
It's a winner in my eyes!
~♥~lisa #7583440

Sandra Anderson December 29, 2009

This is an amazing wildlife capture Leslie. #8254956

Ellen Hodges January 01, 2010

Amazing capture, Leslie! Outstanding! Happy New Year! #8261068

JudyAnn Rector level-classic January 01, 2010

What a stunning capture, Leslie... was the mom posing her family just for you or are you incredibly patient? lol... wonderful work... Happy New Year! #8262002

Toni Riggs January 03, 2010

WOW, amazing capture! #8265606

Anne M. Young level-classic January 03, 2010

Wow Leslie these are super! looks a sure winner for MT! #8265645

Maria Coulson January 03, 2010

Leslie, beautiful!! Wow, great capture. #8267776

January 06, 2010

This is so amazing. How did you ever find this nest? I look every year with no luck. The color and detail are perfect and I love the little one. #8276344

Bunny Snow January 10, 2010

Amazing capture with precision sharpness -- you can even count her eye lashes. Tonality is amazing, color and detail are perfect, I agree!

Hope you have a winner here! #8287375

D Jensen January 26, 2010

Awesome! #8331742

Nikki McDonald level-classic February 15, 2010

What a very special capture, Leslie. I am so glad you have decided to re-submit it. The coloring, detail and composition are wonderful. Absolutely the best of luck!! #8384808

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 16, 2010

Awesome capture of the birds and the nest, Leslie. Good Luck!

UB. #8385941

Chris Budny level-deluxe February 17, 2010

Beautiful capture, Leslie! Good luck! #8390290

Shawn Jennings February 19, 2010

Great capture! Congratulations on your finalist! #8396060

Bunny Snow February 19, 2010

OOOOh! I'm so happy for you in making finalist. This is a beautiful image and a great capture. Congratulations!


Donna La Mattino Pagakis February 19, 2010

So sweet Leslie! Congratulations on your finalist!!! #8397402

Ann Coates level-classic February 19, 2010

Congratulations on your incredible finalist Leslie. #8398383

Anne M. Young level-classic February 19, 2010

Congratulations a super finalist! #8399272

Ellen Hodges February 20, 2010

Congrats on an outstanding image! BEST LUCK!!! #8401788

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic February 21, 2010

...well, FINALLY!
Knew we'd see it in the winner's circle!
An absolutely delightful image!
Hope we see it wearing the GOLD!
Smiles, Lisa♥ #8405383

Nikki McDonald level-classic February 21, 2010

I'm with Lisa. This deserves not just a finalist (congratulations, Leslie!!) but a gold. Good luck. #8405394

Sharon Day February 24, 2010

Awesome image, Leslie!!! Good luck but you shouldn't need it! #8413868

Amy M. Wilson February 25, 2010

Big congratulations on your fantastic WIN, Leslie... fabulous capture!!! #8415760

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna February 25, 2010

WTG on this fantastic winner, Leslie!!! :-) k #8416663

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic February 25, 2010

Big congratulations, Leslie!
Smiles, Lisa♥ #8417096

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic February 26, 2010

A beautiful WINNER, Leslie!!

UB. #8417517

Leslie J. Morris level-addict February 26, 2010

Thanks everyone, I just love this photo and am glad it has earned me my first gold button! #8418047

Sam Britt February 26, 2010

Big Congrats on this terrific second place win, Leslie! #8419329

Kathleen K. Parker level-deluxe February 27, 2010

Congratulation, Leslie!!
KK #8420110

Cindy Bendush level-classic February 28, 2010

Superb capture Leslie! Big congratulations on your second place winner! #8421440

Sharon Day February 28, 2010

This is THE BEST hummingbird image I've ever seen!!! Congratulations! #8422832

Rosemary Sampson level-classic March 23, 2010

What an amazing shot. Love it! #8475151

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict May 04, 2010

Congratulations Leslie on your Win!!!

Dominick #8589743

Crystal Young May 22, 2010

Wow! Amazing! The composition is wonderful along with the detail! Congrats! How did you not scare the little thing away? #8629016

Leslie J. Morris level-addict May 22, 2010

These little ones were raised right outside our back door, she must have known what she was in for when she built her nest with little kids and pets running all around. I did use a long lens as to not get to close and cautioned the kids to keep away from the nest, but she never seemed to be bothered by all the activity. #8629117

Leslie L. Steinkraus August 24, 2010

What a fantastic capture, love the family portrait! With what exact lens did you use for this close-up? Keep up the good work! #8859908

Leslie J. Morris level-addict August 24, 2010

Thanks Leslie, I used the Canon 70-200 2.8L with a 1.4x teleconverter on it. #8859968

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