hummer summer

Last month while my husband and I were in Georgia on sabbatical, one of our daily pleasures was watching humming-birds dart through the trees. We didn’t know they were there for several days, but after sitting quietly on the deck in the mornings we began to notice a lot of activity high up in the trees.

One day I was reading a novel out on the porch and a humming-bird came within a foot of my face and hovered at eye level! He stayed watching me and I him for what seemed a long time, although it was probably more like 15 seconds or so! He made a little squeak sound and flew off in an instant, leaving me, mouth-gaping, heart-pounding and grinning ear to ear!

A few days later I was out there reading again when another hummer, (or the same one, how is one to know?!) came and hovered just like before, then made a circuit around my head, stopping (hovering) to observe his reflection in the window. He was so near that I could hear his wings beating and faintly felt his wing-wind brush my ear! Then in an instant he darted away!

I’m still amazed! I marvel at their speed and agility and grace! They are smaller than my thumb and yet they zip around the skies, fifty feet high, like little rockets!

What a gift it was to see them so close-up! What an amazing Creator we have who designed these tiny creatures, making them able to do things that no plane can yet do! These little birds inspire reverent awe in me! They move me to worship God just as much as the splendor of the mountains inspire me.

I’ll always remember our summer in Georgia as the summer of the hummers, my little feathered friends.

7 Responses to “hummer summer”

  1. Deb Schmidt Says:

    Love, love, love it! Amazing photos!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Stephanie McConachie Says:

    I’ve always thought humming birds are beautiful too. Guess what animal has always seemed a picture of royal grace to me?

  3. Ren Says:

    You always seem to post the right things just at the right time.. Thanks Kris 🙂

  4. Nicolette Says:

    Thanks for sharing your summer hummer photos. The hummingbirds always elicit squeals at our house, and we never grow tired of them. There is a vine outside the kid’s window where they feed in the evenings. This summer was the first time we have ever seen one actually sit down and rest– twice! And not just for a moment. I began to get concerned at one point that there might be something wrong, but then it flew up into the flowers again.

    I’m so thankful you and yours had such a peaceful place to rest, an opportunity to play, to laugh and just be without the pressure of responsibilities. And, of course, I am thankful you are back…

  5. Deanna Says:

    What incredible pictures and so close to see them like that!!! Love it when you share about the experiences you enjoy and miss so much!

  6. Tracy Says:

    What a fun experience! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one up close like that!

  7. Gene Lassiter Says:

    Good morning Kris! He is truly an awesome God we serve and worship. He uses his to creation to inspire and remind us that He is always in control. (Dothan,AL)

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