Hummingbirds can Have their Cake and Eat it Too

as i was buying little tortes in anticipation of the Girls returning from their epic trekking day and in celebration of the birth of Bora and Karen, i saw this!

and at a place called “Casa” to boot!

while we were in Canggu, we ate dinner at the oddly fascinating “Deus Ex Machina”—part bar/restaurant, part art gallery, part surfboard and bike shop replete with pool tables and an outdoor couch area for lounging. when we went, it was Taco and Tattoo Tuesday (they were giving out free tattoos to the right of the bar). at dinner, Stephen brought up the Hummingbird—an animal that has appeared consistently throughout the course of my life (my grandmother had a strong affinity for the little guys and thus my mother adopted a passion for them as well). i have even been accused of being a Hummingbird because the nature and use of my energy in my little body can be a furious one.

Stephen randomly asks, “did you know that the Hummingbird is the only animal that doesn’t experience fear?”

if i am indeed part Hummingbird, then are Lobsters, by their nature, fearful creatures???

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i can’t find any scientific explanation of why Hummingbirds are so fearless. but here are some fun facts that i dredged up while i lie here awake at 5am in NYC, jet-lagged and confused about what to do with my odd energy patterns…

  • The Hummingbird has the largest brain in the bird world in proportion to its body size.
  • The Hummingbird is the only bird in the world that can fly backwards and upside down.
  • The Hummingbird is fearless because it can outmaneuver everything, unless it is taken by surprise. When it comes to flying, nobody does it better. Like a helicopter, a hummingbird can go up, down, sideways, backwards, even upside down! This is because most of its wing is made of hand bones instead of arm bones like other birds.
  • Even though hummingbirds are small in size, they have large appetites. Hummingbirds consume between 3.14 and 7.6 calories a day. That may not seem like much, but if humans (who may eat 3,500 calories a day) had the metabolism of a hummingbird, they would have to consume approximately 155,000 calories a day. That’s about 77 times as much as most humans eat!
  • Hummingbirds are not very social animals, which is why you never see them flying in flocks. In fact, males and females live apart until breeding season.
  • Hummingbirds like to take baths several times a day! They bathe by splashing in shallow water or sitting near a waterfall or a sprinkler and letting the spray fall on them. A few even dive in and out of water and then shake their feathers and preen themselves with their bills and claws.
  • In Inca mythology, the hummingbird was referred to as the “bird of the Sun God” because it sacrificed itself during a terrible worldwide drought, shedding tears that reflected the devastation across Earth to the gods and, thereby, convinced the Heavens to bring back the rain.
~ most of the information here is gleaned from The San Diego Zoo ~

 

and here’s a poem by D.H. Lawrence, who i was reading when i went to visit my parents last Easter…

 Humming-Bird

by D.H. Lawrence

I can imagine, in some otherworld
Primeval-dumb, far back
In that most awful stillness, that only gasped and hummed,
Humming-birds raced down the avenues.

Before anything had a soul,
While life was a heave of matter, half inanimate,
This little bit chipped off in brilliance
And went whizzing through the slow, vast, succulent stems.

I believe there were no flowers then,
In the world where the humming-bird flashed ahead of creation.
I believe he pierced the slow vegetable veins with his long beak.

Probably he was big
As mosses, and little lizards, they say, were once big.
Probably he was a jabbing, terrifying monster.

We look at him through the wrong end of the telescope of Time,
Luckily for us. 

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