Watering the lawn, I had an experience with a beautiful hummingbird. It was all about power and grace.
Droplets reflected still bright and whitish light, not quite late afternoon. Hydrangea, white phlox, lantana, chamomile, delphinium, monarda…..all thirsty and soaking up sacred water. Suddenly there came a buzzing around me, like a giant dragonfly. I heard her first, before I saw her. There she was, green iridescence with a bit of dark surrounding, humming and levitating near my head, investigating perhaps…? She was drawn to the water. In and out of the spray she danced, intermittently tasting nectar from the plants I was watering…white phlox she loved, testing each tiny blossom…so I kept the water spray hovering just below her. She danced in the water, then tasted nectar, danced in the water…a miraculous dance of sweetness, play and love. She was teaching me, and the tears welled up in the corners of my eyes. Hydrangea, phlox, cardinal flower….she tested each, then came back to the water, over and over again. Enough water had pooled on the large leaf of a volunteer rudbeckia in full bloom, all golden and brown….she lay in it, so light, with the leaf holding her, and took her bath. I could feel her delight, with the water spray, and many nectars surrounding her.
In a magical moment, she came to see who I was, who was there holding the hose…she came so close to me, and stayed, longer than her instinct could tell her was safe, so divinely close to my face…I thought she would perch on my shoulder, like the hummingbird who did perch on me in my parent’s backyard when I was 13 years old. I learned how to freeze into total stillness when approached, to erase fear in a small bird.
But she chose to zip and dive again into the mist of water and light, and I couldn’t blame her…it was a perfect moment of suspended experience….stillness and grace. After several minutes…yes, minutes…not seconds…she buzzed suddenly straight up against the sky and across the yard to one of the overhanging lilac trees, and I saw then, she met up with her mate! The two of them flew in tandem spirals and circles all around the yard, then she zipped back over to me, to the water…as if to say “catch ya later!”…up to my face, hovering for an infinite moment….and then flew once more, lightning speed, to her mate who waited in the lilac tree. I felt overwhelmed and blessed by sacred life, by this tiny teacher in her iridescent light.