Bill Watterson, American author and creator of Calvin & Hobbs says: “When birds burp, it must taste like bugs.”
“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” James Dent (actor)
David has been spending A LOT of time on our porch. Camera stationed on a tripod and focused on the lovely tiger lilies that dot our yard just off our porch and behind palm branches.
Let me step back a bit, one morning not too long ago David was working in the studio. Our studio is up some stairs behind our house and overlooks beautiful Lake Chapala, glistening mountains ranges and swaying palm trees. Inspiring, thought provoking, peaceful, enchanting are words that come to mind whenever we think of this fabulous studio.
On this particular day David let the door swing wide and air flow through, bringing with it an unexpected visitor. As he pondered yet another array of photographs he had taken he heard this incredibly gentle sound, similar to a well-tuned motor, just above his head and to the left of where he was sitting.
He glanced up, his mind still on what he was doing (he can remain focused, something I’ve never been able to do) and lo-and-behold, there, right in front of him “stood” a hummingbird. Anyone who has seen a hummingbird “stand” knows what I mean…straight up, wings moving with little effort he stared right into David’s face. It was as if he was saying: “why not take some pictures of me and my friends?”
The photographs contained in this blog are ones I know you are going to enjoy, as David has managed to capture the character and essence of these divine creatures, as only he can. They are a derivative of that invitation, for that is what I choose to believe that little hummingbird was doing in our studio that day.
We can sit quietly upon our porch each and every day and watch the lilies nodding their beautiful orange heads in the sun while an array of hummingbirds dip their beaks into the pedals’ lovely folds.
I can honestly say I have never seen birds with more character. One afternoon I sat with him as he held his automatic snap-shot thingy (sorry folks, I don’t know the technical term) in hand and watched as these delightful and tiny creatures visited the lilies over and over again. Often, they’d buzz in, test a few flowers and then stop in mid-air and look directly at David as if to say: “did you get that?”
Hummingbirds are amazingly tiny yet full of an exuberance for life, you can’t help but call them precious. One more precious then the other, brilliant red heads, green feathers, tiny bodies and wings so clear you can see the flowers through them.
They may not be indigenous to Mexico. They may travel the world. However, we have been given the gift of time in this lovely, ancient Mexican village and so I say again, Viva Mexico!
[Note] Our lawn mower is broken and our gardener is cutting our grass with a weed wacker. Needless to say, but say it I must, there is no quiet in Lawrence Land when the lawn needs mowing!
Can you see the flowers through his tiny wings?
He hovers just above the lilie.
Coming in for a landing.
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