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Arizona inspirations.

I was sitting in my hotel's outdoor cafe, waiting for my burger. My eyes wandered to the beautiful southwestern flowers surrounding me. And then I noticed something buzzing near one of the flowers. Hovering, almost like a helicopter. As I stared, I realized it was much larger than a bee. It must be a hummingbird.

Then it hit me. I have never seen a hummingbird in person before.

This realization created mixed emotions.

I was sad that it wasn't until I was 30 years old until I had seen a hummingbird in the wild.

But then, I was happy, because I got to enjoy this gift of nature.

And with my smile, the hummingbird flew away, to join its friend in a tree.


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Oct. 12th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
I saw my first live hummingbird last autumn, here in Seattle. Aren't they amazing?!
Oct. 12th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
Come spend more time in Colorado
Oct. 12th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
seconded - i've seen many there

glad you had such a magical moment during your trip
Oct. 12th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. I grew up visiting hummingbirds at my Grandmother's house in California. It was something that I kind of took for granted that everyone had seen...

Congratulations on your hummingbird sighting.
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad you saw the hummingbird. I'm sorry that you are unable to spend a little bit more time there. I would have sent you to the Frank Lloyd Wright place and to Sedona.
Oct. 13th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
When I lived out in AZ when I was a kid, we had a hummingbird move into our garage.

My dad didn't like the idea and moved it out.

That made me sad.


But, it was pretty!
Oct. 13th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
Got a hummer
I was 35 when I saw my first hummingbird. It was a trip to see relatives in Arkansas and when I knocked on their door, I saw what I thought to be a large bug in the flowers. When I looked closer, I saw it was a hummingbird. It was a magical moment only lacking in a unicorn wandering through the yard.
Oct. 13th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
They squeak too. And will hastle each other to get a favored spot on the feeder. At our old house I would sit on the back yard and listen to them argue and buzz the porch. One almost flew into my head once. It stopped itself just in time, and hovered, wings going madly about five inches from my nose. It was the most delicate breeze. I don't know which of us was more startled.
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Oct. 13th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
no way!!

They really go meep meep?
Cookie for you if you have a wav file.
Oct. 13th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
awwwww....You're so damned cute.
Oct. 17th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
Every spring
for as long as I can remember
We've had 8 or 9 resident hummingbirds frequenting the feeder in our window
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