What can be more delightful than a close encounter with wildlife? We tend to spend so much time with our faces pressed against something electronic, that the chance moments when life forms in the natural world collide with our own are noteworthy.
And so it was this week, as a hummingbird decided to explore my bedroom. Well, not exactly decided; I'm pretty sure his entrance was accidental.
When I heard the frenzy of wings and the pound of small body against the wall, I hurried upstairs and stood face to face with the tiny bird that had perched just above the window well. His luminescent green feathers shimmered in the afternoon sun in stark contrast to the brushed aluminum frame. I opened the wide porch door and all the other windows to aid in his escape, but for the moment, he didn't move.