hummingbird dance

A couple of days ago I was watering the clematis in the photograph above. It grows up against the house next to our front porch. I was standing out on the driveway, staring at the water from the hose as it arced up and out toward the thirsty vine when out of the corner of my eye I saw a glistening emerald green hummingbird fly up to the spray. It hovered a few inches from the water and then it flew over it and then under it and then back to center, eye level with me again and only a few feet away. It did this delightful little dance several times.

As I watched the tiny bird play in the pearly mist, I realized he had no idea I was there, he was just as mesmerized as I had been by the stream of sunlit water. Do you ever have a moment you wish would last forever? When everything is exactly as it should be and you don’t want or need anything “more”? That was one of those moments for me. Watching that delicate little bird bathe in a rainbow of sun-drenched water then sit on a tree branch next to me and fluff and preen his miniature jewel like feathers—it was the universe at its best—it was perfection.

14 thoughts on “hummingbird dance

  1. Believe it or not, I’ve had almost the exact same experience/moment with a hummingbird dancing in the spray from the hose.

    I agree: The universe at its best. 🙂

  2. what a beautiful moment and you were sensitive to it–I think we miss a lot of beautiful moments by rushing and not being sensitive to the possibilities.

  3. The only thing that could have made it more perfect is if it quickly dribbled past you with a hummingbird sized basketball and did a behind the back dunk AND you caught it on tape.
    But that’s just me.

  4. sounds like you were One with life; slowed. I think you have one of those amazing souls now. I once did a thing like this with a praying mantis; chanting. it was freaky good.

  5. Summer seems to be the time when I can sit back and take it all in. I don’t know if it’s the heat making me slow down, or the comfort of being with family, but either way I really look forward to moments like yours…

  6. We have alot of hummingbirds around here (S. California) and they take “showers” in our fountains spray! Its really cute!

  7. Hi bookbabie,
    I had a wonderful time unplugged. I read mysteries that were available in the condo. James Patterson, Sue Grafton, Ed McBain, etc. Nothing new – just titles others had read and left there. Thanks for dropping by. Lots of birds to watch every morning while I drank my coffee under the Sea Grape Tree.

    • I am unhappy about the trnetmeat of the Nexus lines of phones recently. Nexus One was a HTC phone and is now hard or impossible to get. Nexus S was a GSM phone by Samsung that had was quad band for Edge but only tri band for HSPA (disappointment, couldn’t use 3G services on AT&T). Going with Samsung with this was also disappointing as they are not known for having good cell phones. While the Nexus S is decent, it is missing major features such as LED notifications and a removable SD card. The phone should of had these features and also the 850 band for 3G services.Now, you announce a Nexus S for a CDMA network? This is only available on the US for a limited number of customers. Also this phone cannot be used outside of the US, you cannot swap SIM cards, etc. This is disappointing, you should be working on LTE phones rather than making underhand deals with Sprint who screwed over Google Voice users in the first place.I am also not happy with the specs of the LG “Nexus” G-Slate with only a 8″ option for T-Mobile. I want a WiFi only “Nexus” tablet to come out. I am afraid of getting the Motorola Xoom Wifi model due to not knowing how updates will be coming out.Google please get with the program. While I don’t like the Apple iOS, their hardware and software updates are what does make them better. Sometimes “open” is not better.

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