Hummingbird Love

April 13, 2010

Reasons to love hummingbirds…

A. When in flight, they have the fastest metabolism of any animal on earth! Couldn’t be more jealous.

B. They have strong matriarchal families. The male hummingbird gets in, does his business and goes on his merry way, leaving the mother to raise the babies entirely alone. You go girl.

C. They’re total jetsetters. Some breeds make 2,000-mile treks between Canada and Panama, including a non-stop, 500-mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico.

And now, get this story about the photos above:

The pictured woman is Abigail Alfano of Pine, Louisiana and her claim to fame is a mastery of this exotic species. She lives in a hummingbird fly zone and as the birds migrated one year, about 20 were hovering about her yard. She took a little red dish, filled it with sugar water and left it outside for the birds to feast. The next day, she decided to put the cup from the feeder in her hand and lo and behold, the birds came right over to her for an unreal up-close experience with these tiny fliers. Snow White much? Alfano says that the hummingbirds were light as feathers. She also mentions, “If I had known my husband was taking pictures, I would have put on makeup.” Susan, you look gorge–you’re our kinda gal.

On a more personal, spiritual note, every time I see a hummingbird, I think of my mom and am reminded of God’s existence. She has giant feeders at her home in the mountains in South Carolina and they just love to check her out when they buzz upon her deck. I thank God for such loving people in my life every time I see one. Happy Birthday Aunt Kitty–you are a gem of a lady and I will now forever think of you too upon site of these amazing beings.


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