"The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid-air stands still." --Robert Frost
We're going to miss our little friend, the one that visited us so many times this summer and whom we could watch from our porch room window--a small green hummingbird that sipped from our Cardinal Climber vine that trains up the trellis below. We watched it hover and flit many a time and never got tired of watching it, especially when savoring the moment over a cup of tea. The fascinating creature only caused frustration when I tried to take its picture. After many attempts, this is the best snapshot we got.
But just like the season of summer is behind us and September now fades into memory, the hummingbird takes flight to warmer climates as fall's cooler temperatures beckon. But, because I want to carry the picture of the hummingbird with me for a little bit longer, I share some of its story here--mainly so I don't forget its magic.
Some facts about hummingbirds (from Yes I Know That):
- The hummingbird is one of the smallest and most beautiful birds in the world, weighing only about 5 grams.
- Hummingbirds can fly backwards, up and down, and sideways.
- Some of their senses are so much stronger than humans, they can see farther and hear better than we can.
- Their average life span is about 5 years but most die in their first year of life.
- They can beat their wings from 10-100 times per SECOND according to their size, increasing to 200 beats per second when diving.
- Their flying speed may reach 49 MPH.
- Some smaller species can make their nests on leaves of trees.
Awsome little guys, huh?
Another site with interesting info' on our friends includes "Hummingbirds: The Birds that Kiss the Flowers" (squidoo), an article that shares legends, a list of the best plants that will attract them, rescue stories, and hummingbird organizations. You also might have bought a Papyrus greeting card and noted their message printed on the back of their cards: "Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird's delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life's sweetest creation." --Papyrus
Might we learn something from the hummingbird that we can apply to our writing--and to our everyday lives? Things like beauty, wonder, savoring moments, laughter? Maybe something about heart, courage, vision, and focused efforts? It's worth a thought, anyway.
Such musings will carry over with me until we meet again. Happy travels, little friend. Hope to see you next year!