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.

13 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.

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