My photos always leave much to be desired. On top of that, the bird doesn't stay still long and is in and out in a flash. Remember last year I only got one quick glimpse of it and no photos. So I appreciate anything I got. And as a bonus, some of my photos even show the violet ear. I love that.
After leaving there I stopped by a pond to look for odes. None there of any interest, but snapped these pics of ordinary, but nice, Common Checkered-Skipper and Mournful Duskywings.
Here's a photo I found online of a Mexican Violetear from Costa Rica where they breed (taken by scottishdude). It would sure be cool to see them with their ears flared like that.