On April 10th I found a hummingbird nest in my backyard. And by April 26th the two tiny hummingbird babies left the nest. That’s how hummingbirds do it. I should know. In those 16 days I became obsessed, like mothers can. I could share with you all kinds of fascinating facts about hummingbirds that I can guarantee you have never heard but even beyond learning all about these miraculous little creatures, I found true creative joy. I made it my mission to keep watch over this mama and her babies. To pay attention to their rhythms. I hear their voices. To watch their behavior. And—here’s where the creativity comes in—I staked out my spot in the yard, tripod and rented lens, so I could photograph the process.
Although I know I missed many of the moments that were very photo-worthy, I took my responsibility seriously and gave mama her space. I was very rarely able to get her at the nest. I would wait until I knew she’d gone to get food to capture the babies in the nest, using a long lens so I didn’t disturb them. I will say, the process for me was meditative, cathartic, and meaningful. It brought me so much contentment and joy and although it was only an experience that lasted 16 days I miss it.
I’m excited to share this window into the world of this little hummingbird family. Capturing these moments felt like magic and having these images feels like a gift. I don’t know why it meant so much to me, but I don’t need to question it. I’m just grateful.
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For the story about how Tracey and her teen got here, take a peek at their first post at Reframed.
For more about Tracey and how she elevates the everyday, visit her at traceyclark.com.
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