This is a hummingbird that I photographed in January while in Costa Rica. I never realised that there were so many kinds of hummingbirds, especially those with short beaks like this one. I was fortunate to be able to capture quite a few different types of hummingbirds while in Costa Rica. Lately, I have bee seeing one particular hummingbird in our back yard as it sniffs around the flowers of our garden. I am constantly amazed at how it flies so quickly only to stop, hover, drop lower or rise higher or dart side to side as if the most technologically efficient aircraft. This little bird can do what technology can only dream of accomplishing.
For me, the hummingbird is a call to “joie de vivre.” In this photo, as I look into the eyes of the hummingbird, I see something of the challenge to be. Yes, simply to be as fully “me” as I can. I see the challenge to do. It is almost as if I am being “dared” to step out of the ordinary into the extraordinary, to risk even greater change.. And in his eyes, in her eyes, I see the infinite. The path traced by the wings of a hummingbird form the symbol of infinity, an eight laying sideways – also the symbol used by the Métis people as a symbol of themselves as a people.