Nothing More Magical

Nothing is more magical than

when a hummingbird comes in sight.

Myriad of hues tiny feathers

reveal by refracting natural light.

~Jane Wilson

Hummingbird shows us how to re-visit the past for the purpose of releasing it instead of being caught in a permanently backward flight pattern. It also helps us to see that if we step aside, we may see our life differently. Hummingbird teaches us to transcend time, to recognize that what has happened in the past and what might happen in the future is not nearly as important as what we are experiencing now. It teaches us to hover in the moment, to appreciate its sweetness.

~Constance Barrett Sohodski

Hummingbird darts lightly through the world,

spreading its message of joy and beauty,

and teaching us to appreciate the wonder

and magic of everyday existence.

Hummingbird brings the gift of joy.

Learn to laugh and be happy.

~Unknown

A flash of harmless lightning,

A mist of rainbow dyes,

The burnished sunbeams brightening

From flower to flower he flies.

~John Banister Tabb

Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aërial dance among the flowers — a living prismatic gem that changes its colour with every change of position… it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.

~W. H. Hudson, Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest, 1916

Created for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #138 | Natural Light

Thank you Amy for this week’s topic, and for giving us the topic ahead of time.

24 thoughts on “Nothing More Magical
  1. That is so great! My hummingbirds like our bush but there is no cover to not spook them. We’ve talked about building a blind out by the bush and the feeders. Neighbors might not like it because it is all in the front yard. Oh well! They can deal with it. 🙂

  2. Thank you, Lisa. I think part of the success is letting the birds get used to me and the camera. My hummingbird experiences actually have been taking place since late Fall. ~Jane

  3. And my thanks to you as well, Amy. This was an enjoyable theme. I appreciated having a heads-up on the theme in advance😃~Jane

  4. Wow, amazing captures of Hummingbirds!! The colors, lights… are all captured perfectly and beautifully. I admire you skills and patience, Jane.
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Thank you. It was a challenge to make selections for this post… these hummers have been quite the show-offs lately. Happy you enjoyed!

  6. Good to hear from you, Liz, and happy you enjoyed the little Anna’s Hummingbird. You are correct- it was a fast shutter speed. 1/4000, f8, ISO 1600, 460mm.

    Hope you are doing well. ~Jane

  7. Jane, what exquisite little creatures! The opening shot of the Anna’s is breathtaking with the display of those gorgeous iridescent colours.
    The last capture is also so captivating- guessing you set up a fast shutter speed to stop the wing beats?

  8. Thank you, Jane, for going through my blog and for the follow too.
    I look forward to seeing more of your excellent work!

  9. Thank you for enjoying my post and also for deciding to follow my blog. Both are compliments I very much appreciate. I took a little fieldtrip into your website and was touched by the “about” me story you wrote. We have a lot of similarities in the way we view photography in our lives. I look forward to expanding my horizons. 🙂 ~Jane

  10. Well then, I guess we are what is affectionately known as a mutual admiration society Jane LOL. Thanks for this beautiful response, much appreciated.

  11. Tina, it means a lot to me that you found this to be a magical post. I’m actually overwhelmed because I’ve held your talent in awe over the years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words. ~Jane

  12. Well Jane, having spent many hours photographing hummingbirds I know exactly how impossible these shots are! That final image with the flower is incredible. I am humbled 😊. A magical post, with beautiful quotes to accompany your wonderful images.

  13. Very cool… have fun getting “buzzed!” I think that is thrilling until they get too close to my eyes!!

  14. In fact there are so many hummingbirds at the Preserve that I now think, “Another hummingbird” instead of “a hummingbird!” I still enjoy them however and if I’m wearing a red top, I’m sometimes buzzed or closely inspected by one. 😉

  15. Good Morning, Janet- Yes, you are blessed with hummingbirds down your way! My husband’s parents retired not too far from where you live. I have fond memories of my father-in-law waking early to go out and check the hummingbird feeders and to leave seeds for the doves.

    With spending more time at home, there’s been great opportunity to watch our neighbor hummingbirds- I’ve discovered they flash striking colors when I least expect. Especially on overcast or cloudy mornings.

    Have a good weekend,
    Jane

  16. What a beautiful photo, Jane! We have lots of hummingbirds here and many of that type, too. It’s not always easy to see the red when they’re sitting but you can see the green colors of their back feathers more easily.

    janet

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