Wonder-bird Lessons on Life

“Come play with me” He said. OK I read his mind. I may have confused it with “get off my deck” but his chirps sounded more inviting then that. Does anybody you know speak hummingbird? In my world I sometimes forget how to speak wife…

There is no way I can relate to a hummingbird. If I could fly and try to land like that, there would be a hole right through the glass feeder. I can only marvel at the little winged design and wish I had wing (arm) muscles like that. Am I doing what I was created to do? My arms may not flap well but they can help my neighbor get his firewood up for the winter. I can help the widow down the road get ready for fall and winter. I can take my neighbor fishing.

Hovering and drinking some good nectar for fuel to catch bugs while being alert for danger. I can only do one at a time usually. I know people who hover. They are another danger but that’s another conversation.

I used to wish I could fly. I later on wished I could fly like a hummingbird. Now, I’m OK just watching and living longer. “What are my passions Lord that can bless others in ways where I really fly?” May I never bury my talents!

Unbelievable maneuvers.

Hummingbirds have the ability to be aware of everything around them. They seem to be able to drink nectar and avoid danger or bullies in an instant. I have so much to learn in this area. Am I aware of others and their needs or just focused on mine? Am I aware of dangerous lies dispensed so liberally in our world, even churches? Am I aware of drifting toward a prayer less life and the worries and fears that can sting? Like the Hummingbird, I must put on the brakes and flee these dangers.

The black hornet was guarding the feeder so I got a fly swatter and took care of the danger, I do have something in common with the hummingbirds. I strongly dislike and am afraid of bees, especially Big Black Hornets.

Photography gives us a lens and frames what is intended to pass on to the viewer. Jesus Christ our creator gives us a clean lens and the right framing in focus. I am convinced we were created with a fixed focus where we only see clearly when our eyes are fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)

My hope is that we will all begin to see Jesus Christ, all he created, and his amazing grace and sacrifice for each of us clearly. So much of life is unclear and we see through a very dirty lens and look at life from such a wrong angle (ours) until it is washed clean and our lens turned to follow Jesus.

Clear enough??
And we get to feed on what God provides. He really does provide, and provides on so many levels. Eyesight, awareness, spiritual food, physical food, Truth dispenser, His perspective framed by is Word, peace, Love and joy…
For more hummingbird pictures, click on my other blog Hummingbird Picture Problems

Gary

PS: I want to see a movie where a human being somehow can be inserted into a hummingbird body to understand and save the hummingbirds from certain extinction (or some involved action plot). I want it in 3D along with Dramamine and a barf bag better than what the airlines provide. If I was strapped into an interactive chair that moved with the action, you might as well plan my funeral. Seriously, these little midgets in the bird world have moves that would kill most humans. Maybe someday?? After the trumpet??

29 thoughts on “Wonder-bird Lessons on Life

  1. Like you, I love watching critters, the moves they make, their interaction with other creatures, and their seemingly carefree approach to life. God is a genius, and even the tiniest critters display His marvelous mind.

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    1. Thank You Mandy, Everything about creation points to God and his wonders as well as the fall and the conflicted elements of nature…thus danger, birds squabbling, wolves eating parts of deer before they actually die, consuming forest fires and the unbelievable resilience of creation after groaning for a restored world. Someday…

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    1. I deeply appreciate your comment Bruce. That statement is why believers need each other. It’s why the “one another’s” of scripture are so important. It’s why Jesus prayed that we would be one even as the God head is one. We see Jesus and understand his way through each other….
      Thanks Bruce you wound me up like a little toy and got me going for the day brother.

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  2. I wonder how many G’s a hummingbird pulls on one of their aerobatic maneuvers? Beautiful thoughts, and just as beautiful photos, Gary! You find so many rich spiritual insights simply by observing God’s creatures. More God-power to you, brother!

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    1. I have wondered the same thing David. I wonder if our arteries would pop in our head doing the same thing. Their muscle structure is different. I wonder if a bee sting makes them explode…Thanks for wondering with me David…we would be dangerous sitting around the campfire with our musings. In many ways our minds think alike

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    1. Thank You Ted. You caught that hummingbird vein of thot. Sometimes my mind resembles the book title “One flew over the coocoos nest” and I put out nuggets (possibly made of gold, or tin,) here and there for someone to pick up. Sometimes they fall out of my pocket unbeknownst to me and bless someone.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your photos and thoughts. You’ve given me a window through which to consider these insights, even though my yard rarely, if ever, has hummingbirds. I’m so grateful to be able to view them through your lens! God bless you!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Mamalava. one can never have too many windows. you have amazing insights and share them so well. I have often wondered what an “insight retreat” would look like in helping others develop insights and illustrations from what they see around them. ways that God shows us to draw near and know HIm. Really know Him.

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      1. I’d attend your “insight retreat”! That would be an amazing concept to explore. God is so intentional and meets us each so individually… if we recognize His lesson plans for us and share what we glean, we can all learn so much… and maybe that is part of his lesson plan! I’m certain God purposed for me to follow your blog because He has things for me to “see” that are not outside my physical window. Thank you for being willing to share.

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    2. Your comment ” God is so intentional and meets us each so individually” is exactly why an insight retreat would be so great (because it would expand the size of our own unique windows and lens and how we see things). It would also be very hard to put on as we are all coming from different learning and viewing styles.
      It would take a team of 5 (at least) unique insight minded people to plan and carry out such a retreat. The possibilities are endless as some are strong on insight and weak on communicating that insight. Some need a template for gaining insight. Others freewheel and need lots of people to interact with. For others, human interaction is a distraction for thinking deeply. so on.
      but I still like the idea as I am a project person and have done large projects. You do realize the fish are biting though.

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    1. Thanks Brian, yes that language that seems a bit more involved than man stuff. Headway is good. Great actually. I feel the same here after 44 years. Dad warned me about year 50. Wonder what he meant?

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  4. Miracles for sure Anna, although I was ducking them on the deck as they chased each other this morning. They missed my ear (doppler effect)The miracle of precision flying (missing everything when acting like a rocket) and pinpoint precision landing. The process of getting nectar from a flower while hovering…utterly creatively amazing

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  5. Stunning!!! I have to tell you that a few days ago I was in my yard and a hummingbird came within a couple of feet from me, stayed suspended for a few seconds over my rose bush. I have NEVER seen a hummingbird in person, let alone that close. I live in the city, so don’t imagine people see much of them. So that day I ordered a beautiful glass hummingbird feeder that’s right outside my large picture window in the kitchen. Hoping to see some action! Anyway, thanks for sharing your amazing pictures!!!

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  6. Spectacular photography Gary, so life like that I almost ran away from the hornet.
    I love hummingbirds, we don’t have them here. The first and only hummingbird I ever saw was in Argentina, but my photos did not turn out as brilliant as yours.

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  7. Thankyou Crissy. The hummingbirds are teaching me how much patience I do not have in taking the right picture. We have a bee proof feeder and the hornets think that if they cannot have the nectar. then the hummingbirds should not have any as well. Lots of life applications there. I have heard that hummingbirds (certain ones of the 330 species of hummingbird) will migrate to certain parts of Argentina, that would be a sight.

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  8. Awesome post…so much wisdom here for our daily lives. God has given us so much in nature to help us understand life better. We need to keep our hearts and minds open in order to do that. My son took a photo of a butterfly the other day…it was beautiful. He said that he wished that I had actually seen it…the photo could not quite capture the beauty of this fragile creature. Our vision, our focus, is often like that; we must continuously train our hearts and minds to see as Christ would have us to see. Only then, do we really appreciate the beauty before us. Only then, do we cast aside our own selfish desires to see what God would have us behold. Your photographs are wonderful…you do have a gift, and I thank you for sharing it.

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  9. A gracious comment Linda, thank you.
    Butterflies are actually very hard to photograph when the are on the flowers. They do not say long enough to focus the lens. You almost have to anticipate where they will be and be in focus there (it’s a bit like being ready for the coming of the Lord). readiness is the issue and a being camera ready is probably easier than being witness ready. “ready to see as Christ would have us see”. Training ourselves, Awareness, all tools and weapons ready…I see a lot of overlap here

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  10. Hi Gary, you write in a post that you’ve been busy all summer figuring out how to get the best river photos. I’ve been into it for a long time, but no hummingbirds that I don’t have. I’m trying different types of swallows, like in my last post. My last attempts were to photograph terns feeding their young. It is difficult and part of the high art of bird photography to photograph birds in flight. I think your results are very good and your experience will grow with each photo. The most important thing is to keep calm and perseverance.
    Many greetings Werner.

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    1. Hi Werner. You have some good shots of birds in flight. Short of needing much more expensive cameras I have settled on keeping my camera focused on a particular spot with lots of light so the camera speed is fast and I can get a little more depth of field, Then I do bursts of high speed shots as I see the birds coming. They are so much faster than my reflexes so there is lots of guesswork which I try to eliminate. I want a picture good enough to blow up 100% and the detail looks good. So much patience is required for sure.
      I tried to take a picture of an osprey diving in the lake for fish from my boat a couple days ago…He just made me look bad. swallows would be really hard unless you can take them in bursts after sitting on a branch. as they take off in a predictable manner. you have some very amazing pictures!!

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      1. When I’ve taken a series of aerial photographs, the first thing I do is look at the birds’ eyes. If these are clear and not blurred, they are put in a folder for further processing. If you have not achieved this feature you are a waste bin. Unless it’s a bird that is very rarely seen, in which case I’ll keep it as evidence. I am currently with friends on a photo tour at the North Sea, I hope that I can take some aerial photos of sea birds here.
        I will then show them in a post.

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  11. Ah yes, the eye must always be in focus. Animal shots as well. I save shots that have a story (a bird flying away from a bee) but something must be in focus to reinforce or illustrate the story. I am learning that my artist sense of a great shot is not an illustrative or conceptual shot. So I must choose between a saleable picture and an artistic picture often….not fair

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