It spring at the Botanical Gardens here in Phoenix Arizona and hummingbirds are on Guard.  This little guy didn’t appear to be disturbed by anything as he attempted to scratch at something near his ear.  Do hummingbirds have ears located there?  I don’t know for sure.  But he was a lovely bird in a beautiful setting.

This is the Year of the Horse for the Chinese New Year celebrated on January 31.  Earlier this year I was in Las Vegas at the Bellagio and each year they feature a elaborate display of the Chinese New Year in their Conservatory and Botanical Garden inside the hotel lobby area.  It attract large crowds and is well worth a viewing.

I’ve found the Chinese New Year and their signs fun.  I’m quite fond of my own Chinese New Year sign which is the dragon.  I don’t think of it as the dragon lady, but as a bright and brilliantly colored sometimes fire breathing dragon.

FROM THE INDEPENDENT ONLINE:
It’s the Lunar New Year and the Chinese Year of the Horse. The horse is part of a 12-year-cycle of animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. These interact with the five elements: wood, metal, fire, water, earth. 2014 is the year of the wood horse, taking over from the year of the water snake.
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Horse Statue along with Fiori di Como by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly
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A Sample from the Flora Displays
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Chinese Gardens
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Chinese Gardens
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Year of the Hose Display