Today we feature the work of photographer and author Paul Garson who describes his split-second image below.



During months of lockdown in Los Angeles, I began chronicling the variety of critter activity in view from my balcony….crows, blue jays, sparrows, hawks, squirrels, mice and yes, one intrepid rat—all quite fond of the peanuts I offered. Once I set up my hummingbird feeders, making my own nectar, I was fortunate to attract dozens of of the ever-amazing birds of several varieties including one (aka Burly Boy) who decided to claim the territory and to contest any interlopers. This photo, “Aerial Combat by Hummingbird,” required numerous attempts to catch the fraction of a second image. The hummingbirds have migrated south for the winter but with any luck, will return.