"When we see or experience
any natural phenomenon,
when we see a flower, a butterfly, a tree,
[a hummingbird feeding], when we feel
the evening breeze flow over us or wade in a stream
of clear water, our natural response is immediate,
intuitive, transforming, ecstatic.
Everywhere we find ourselves invaded
by the world of the sacred."
- Thomas Berry, Roman Catholic priest and cultural historian
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are passing through the Tennessee Valley on their way to their wintering grounds in Central and South America. They'll cross the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight proving that miracles can be small. (In this case, weighing only three grams.)
I've had several stop by my Rocky Top home, but nothing like my on-line friend Dorothy Pepper. Go to: feeding time. And make sure you watch the video!
- Top photo by Wayne Mallinger