It's very hard to describe just how incredible hummingbirds are until you witness their behaviors, realize the distances they travel in a lifetime, and especially when you get up close and really analyze the precious details of a bird that without it's feathers is about the size of a peanut. Then dress up that peanut with iridescent olive feathers and touch up a few precisely on the throat so that when the light reflects off it, you get a display beyond brilliance. This is one of trillions of miracles that hold a shape with such incredible beauty. Now add cells that continue to know where and how far to grow, tissues to form its shape, and precisely place organs inside this tiny little body that will function with purpose. Add little lenses that are far more powerful than humanly made camera lens. Place a unique character inside this little feathered object, and finally, breath life into it. This little bird is basically one tiny piece of trillions of pieces strategically placed on this planet to make it function with perfection, and yet this tiny bird in itself is made up of trillions of miracles alone.
Here he sits with such beauty. He is filled with a fiery attitude while he fulfills a desperately needed purpose on a planet that continuously exudes miracle after miracle. I hope you can see where I'm going with this. This little bird never willed itself wings, they were masterfully placed by a creator with an imagination so far beyond our imagination. When you start to analyze the details within the details, you will see something far greater than a bird. He has traveled thousands of miles to get to a place he previous knew, and now sits, waits and wonders when the next little miracle will arrive to his territory so he can put on a display and impress her like he has so many others.
This is Ziggy. He's a Ruby-throat hummingbird, but not just any bird. May 28, 2018. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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