Stand Still Like A Hummingbird

The Dallas Beach walk in Victoria offers a splendid variety of visual pleasures.

Beauteous maximus.  

Whether it’s sailboats up against the Olympics…

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 …flowers framing the jagged coast line.

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…or kite surfers and sailors celebrating a windy day.

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 Even the coastal police scenes have a laid back vibe.

Take the case of the caught camper – whose morning view was prempted by the authorities.

But with typical Island lightness; as this officer patiently and politely tried to rouse a sleeping law-breaker. 

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And even smiled when caught in the act.

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Taking this daily stroll with my camera has helped me focus on the smaller scenes–the close-ups.

It’s “slow seeing”.  

Where before, I’d walk past what appeared to be just another “blackbird”;  

now I stop and catch my first Brown-headed Cowbird.

 

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But it was the hummingbirds that stopped me in my tracks.

 Anna’s Hummingbird to be exact.

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Anna’s are at home on the Pacific coast.

The male Anna’s head and throat are covered in iridescent reddish-pink feathers, that can look dull brown or grey when out of direct sunlight.

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 Anna’s is “stocky” for a hummingbird.  

Perhaps that explains their propensity to stay perched, even when observed up close.

And it’s up close, in the sun’s spotlight, that Anna’s really shine.

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Like “flying jewelry”.

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Anna’s red “mask” lends them the air of a super hero.

  The Scarlet Pimpernel, by way of Spiderman.

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Super-fast flight is, of course, the key to the bird’s allure.  

I was happy to “stand still like a hummingbird” (to borrow the title of Henry Miller’s book);

to see the micro-moment in time, in the space between launch and liftoff.


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Then, there is the moment to ruffle feathers.

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Finally, befitting the progressive nature of its Vancouver Island home,

there’s a left turn to signal.

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