This year two hummingbirds have been visiting the flowers in the garden. I did manage to capture this image even though the birds are quick to depart as soon as they sense the presence of someone approaching. It’s not much different than when I am trying to deal with the inner world.
The best I can do is to suggest what it means to me, for me. Even then, words don’t quite capture what I want to say in terms of images that are fleeting and almost hardly there at all. The word numinous is the best I can do. When I use the word numinous I am speaking of something that is spiritual, mysterious and awe-inspiring. If one thinks of the feeling that washes over one in a great cathedral in the midst of light and music and performance, one has been visited by something numinous, a touch of the divine.
At those moments when I find myself catching these fleeting magical moments, I am filled with an awareness of a spiritualism deep within. How do I recognize this? Well, it has to do with something resonating, a confirmation within.
And so, I continue to use the camera to capture images. And in looking at these images following the moment when something fleetingly catches my eye, I am often amazed at what I see in these images that had been hidden in plain sight. And these images then nourish my soul just like these flowers nourish the hummingbird.