omg. i forgot to mention the hummingbirds.
at the crest of sandia peak,
we naturally stopped off at the gift shop/snack bar
[typically, our family's favorite element of a hike]. ;)
out on the patio was a hummingbird feeder
literally swarmed by dozens of the little buzzers.
it was amazing.
but beyond amazing was the fact that
you could walk right up to the feeder
&, if you were patient & still, eventually
a hummingbird or two would perch
upon your finger while it supped.
here's the flipvideo
[still developing my calm camera hand] ...
the best hand-sitting happens within the final minute
[of course], but just the swarming
is extraordinary & entertaining.
animal planet, baby.