Monday, August 23, 2010

Hummingbirds

We have greatly enjoyed the hummingbirds that *Summer* in our yard; they constantly charm us with their acrobatic flying skills, inquisitive demeanor and dazzling personalities. Over the years the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds have been a frequent sight in the Wildflower Meadow but this year they have really come up close and personal with the introduction of flowers to the vegetable garden. The Potager has been absolutely buzzing with hummingbird activity; they love the Zinnias and Nasturtiums. Here are a few of my attempts to catch these sparkling green gems in action:









I’ll try for better photos, but they seem to know when I’m without the camera because that’s always when they get the closest, hovering face to face, as if they are as curious about us as we are them.

In the western world, many traditional cultures have developed a mysterious bond with this magnificent tiny creature; imbuing the hummingbird with powerful religious and spiritual significance. For example, some view the hummingbird as an important symbol of resurrection. This is because the hummingbird appears lifeless on cold nights, but it comes back to life again when the miraculous sunrise brings warmth. Hummingbirds are also considered to be symbols of peace, pure love, joy and happiness. Ancient pagans held them sacred for their tireless energy and anxiety. In mythology they are seen as messengers and given the ability to stop time. Hummingbirds are said to represent the qualities of sweetness and optimism, inspiring wonder and the celebration of life. The hummingbird is said to teach us to laugh and enjoy earth’s bounty and Mother Nature’s creation, to help us appreciate the magic of being alive, and to discover the truth of beauty.

If you can’t tell I am a huge Hummingbird fan! Here are a few examples of my work that features Hummingbirds:







Learn more about:
The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

1 comment:

Carol Andre' said...

These are beautiful. I wish you would tell more about them. What are they (media), etc.