This is what I wrote to a friend yesterday morning:
I have my eye more on what’s taking place outside my window than what’s on the window of my computer this morning! The sun is shining for the first day in what feels like ages and I can’t wait to get out and work in my garden. Planning to plant English Peas first of next week! And, Broccoli. And, Kale. And… 🙂
It was 9 a.m., the sun was shining bright, the sky was clear, the temperature was 44 and I was antsy to get outside and enjoy the day.
I am an outdoors person – I love nature and all things natural. Creation thrills me and opens me to God in ways little else can. I see God’s touch in everything.
Today is even more beautiful than yesterday. I’ve a full day planned outside.
That means it will be a day spent praising God from whom all blessings flow. And, praising my Creator for all I see, hear, feel, experience as I get down and dirty in the soil from which I came and the dust to which I shall one day return.
Excuse me…the Light calls and I must answer.
As I stood at the front entry and watched Daughter back out of the driveway, my vision was obscured by a small, dark object that bobbed before me.
As I focused my eyes from 50 ft away to 10 inches directly in front of my face, just beyond the storm door glass, my near vision cleared.
Before me, just inches from my nose, hovered a hummingbird.
It was looking right at me.
I blinked and it darted off.
What an experience!
How could something so tiny, so delightfully perfect…evolve, or randomly happen? I see the hand and intelligence of a Designer/Creator in that small hummingbird.
I feel blessed to have been the reason for this hummer’s pause in her busy morning feeding routine. Her brief visit drew me into things larger than and well beyond myself.
I came face to face with a visual reminder of God’s design, love, and perfect plan for each thing created – and that includes me.
And, it includes you, too.
To learn more about hummingbirds, check out these amazing facts.
- Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.
- Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.
- Hummingbirds have tiny hairs on the tip of the tongue to help lap up nectar.
- A hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute.
- A hummingbird will take about 250 breaths per minute while at rest.
- The hummingbird’s body temperature is around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
- They weigh less than a penny and are, on average, 8.5 centimenters long from beak tip to tail tip.
- 30% of a hummingbird’s weight consists of flight muscles
- They have about 940 feathers.
- A baby hummingbird is smaller than a penny.
- Its wings will beat about 70 times per second when flying, and up to 200 times per second when diving.
- Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards.
- They can hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.
- Hummingbirds can fly an average of 25-30 miles per hour.
- A hummingbird’s wings can rotate in a full circle.
- It’s been estimated that a Ruby-Throat Hummingbird takes about twenty (20) hours to fly across the Gulf of Mexico.
- Hummingbirds need to eat on average 7 times per hour for about 30-60 seconds.
- A hummingbird will visit an average of 1,000 flowers a day.
- Hummingbirds eat small soft bugs for protein.
- A hummingbird will lap up nectar at a rate of about 13 licks per second.
- When hummingbirds sleep at night, they go into a hibernation-like state called torpor .to save energy.
- When a hummingbird enters torpor, their metabolic rate is one-fifteenth (1/15) of normal sleep.
- When in torpor the hummingbird’s heart rate can drop to as few as 50 beats per minute and its body temperature as low as 70 degrees.
- Hummingbirds are only found naturally in the Americas.
- Hummingbirds are found as far north as Alaska.
- Hummingbirds are found as far south as Chile.
- Hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds in the Western Hemisphere.
- There are more than 300 types/species of hummingbirds.
- The county of Ecuador has the largest number of types/species of hummingbirds.
- There are more than fifty (50) types/species of hummingbirds that breed in Mexico.
- There are more than fifteen (15) types/species of hummingbirds that breed in the United States.
- There are more than three (3) types/species of hummingbirds that breed in Canada.