I had planned something different for this post but then I went for my morning walk and the Universe had a different plan for me. My walks mimic life. The best time is had with the least expectation of it. You can plan all you like, but there is no certainty about what you will encounter even a step beyond where you are. Like life.
Preparation is always good but never to the exclusion of good old fashioned “wait and see”. The world is such a stunning, magical place isn’t it ?
This was a “lifer” for me. I’ve seen hummingbirds, of course, but never this close and nesting. What a precious, sweet creature. This nest is less than two inches tall, sitting in the crook of a branch. Lucky for me, I met two friends (who might be my lucky charms for unique discoveries. Thank you, Susan and Keitha) and was directed to the nest location.
Then we proceded to the estuary trail. As we started walking away from the boardwalk we saw an adult bald eagle swoop down out of our sight. We walked quickly back to discover this beauty. Really a stunner.
Continuing my walk I encountered Bewicks wrens, marsh wrens, swallows, a great-horned owl and wood ducks high in the trees. I’m grateful for a good zoom lens on these days. Truth is, most of my days here leave me speechless, but this one gets a story. It isn’t every day you get to see a tiny humminbird nest in nature. And so be it.
In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.
Wonderful photos today, like always! I never have seen a hummingbird be still, only in flight-WOW. The eagles talons close up reminded me of my arthritic hands…but his are probably much stronger than mine. Thanks so much for your beautiful blog!
Thanks so much for sharing here. I watched that sweet hummingbird for a long time. She still is in some type of motion constantly. So, so sweet. I’ll keep my eye out for babies 💙
Gorgeous work you are sharing with us. The insights are not too shabby either. Thanks much.
Thanks for writing ! I never imagined that my passion would shift in this direction, but I am smitten with every creature I see. Oh, life … I do love you.
That’s a pretty good motto, huh ?! Thanks for the walk this morning. Another lovely day ! Thanks for writing.
“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Love it!
Grateful for your post. The stunning pictures of today’s feathered friends are wonderful! Thanks for capturing the memories.