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Hummingbird Watch at Deep Creek Lake

A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

Bird Watching at Deep Creek Lake

The hummingbird perched high on a tree branch, sits still for a picture in its nest.

The hummingbird perched high on a tree branch, sits still for a picture in its nest.

Appreciation of Nature, Birds and Animals

During a recent visit to Deep Creek Lake Resort in Western Maryland, I discovered the peaceful tranquility of the mountains in springtime.

It's a visually beautiful place offering lush greenery, glistening lake views, and amazing sunsets.

Nestled in Garrett County, Deep Creek Lake offers a lot more than boating, hiking, fishing, shopping, skiing, or lodging.

As I enjoyed a holiday weekend stay, my appreciation increased for the animals that inhabit the space we temporarily shared with them. We forget that it is they who invite us into their territory and graciously allow us to stay for a while.

As I watched the birds and chipmunks, I became particularly intrigued with the hummingbird. I was so enthralled and was inspired to write the poem below, "The Elusive Hummingbird."

Deep Creek Lake Rich Greenery and Hills

Deep Creek Hills, Deep Creek Lake Resort, Garrett County, MD

Deep Creek Hills, Deep Creek Lake Resort, Garrett County, MD

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Hummingbird's Tree

The crown of the hummingbird's tree home sits very tall.

The crown of the hummingbird's tree home sits very tall.

Perched in Position for the Perfect Shot

The hummingbird sits proudly in her cozy nest.

The hummingbird sits proudly in her cozy nest.

"The Elusive Hummingbird"


Perched at home you proudly sit

A tiny nest you keep

Atop a tree, for all to see

To glimpse you I must creep


Outside the kitchen window propped

With pride you mark your place

I blink my eye, and then you fly

Away without a trace

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I try to spend some time with you

I hope you want the same

To steal a shot, I plan and plot

To catch you in my frame


So regal as you hold yourself

Upon a branch so small

My camera trained, on you I aim

Yet, again you haul


You dart away once more, so fast

You fascinate me so

Oh hummingbird, without a word

With high speed, there you go


Your nest is left unoccupied

Empty for a time

You disappear into the air

Without reason or rhyme


Returning to your nesting place

I smile because you're back

With landing quick, you do your trick

Bird drama you don't lack


As you perch so quietly

I tiptoe on the deck

To catch you there, I take your dare

Before again you trek


Finally with focused lens

You pose for me in nest

To my surprise, before my eyes

You bow to my request


I shoot on automatic clicks

Your beauty in a tree

Elusively, you give to me

Hummingbird memory

Deck View of the Lake Beside Hummingbird's Home

The hummingbird has quite a view from the resort deck.

The hummingbird has quite a view from the resort deck.

Hummingbird's Home: An Empty Nest

The hummingbird likes to quickly fly away and leave its nest empty.

The hummingbird likes to quickly fly away and leave its nest empty.

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

Comments

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 06, 2013:

I appreciate that, alocsin. Thank you so much for your visit.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 06, 2013:

Wonderful -- you highlight what I love so much about hummingbirds and watching them. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on July 01, 2013:

Thank you so much for sharing that, chef-de-jour. You have a way with words that is so poetic, even when you share casually. Thank you for taking a look at this hub to witness a fascination we have in commom. I appreciate the votes, too.

Andrew Spacey from Sheffield, UK on July 01, 2013:

I very much enjoyed this visit to hummingbird land. To witness such a special bird at close hand and to be inspired poetically, well, that is one of the pure pleasures of being alive.

In New Mexico, Taos to be precise, I saw my first hummingbird, a blur that I thought was a large moth (in broad daylight) until it hovered and took a sip from a flower in front of a bookseller's store. Knock me over with a feather, a very tiny feather.

That was some holiday. I saw what were for me dream birds....hummingbird, roadrunner, turkey vultures, eagles..... wonderful creatures.

Votes.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 30, 2013:

Thanks, ziyena, good memories I'm sure. I appreciate your stopping by and reading this special hub.

ziyena from the Somewhere Out There on June 29, 2013:

I used to live in Oakland when I was a kid but now I'm a world apart ... brings back memories!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 29, 2013:

Thank you, sgbrown, it wasn't easy but it was fun. Thank you for your visit, vote, and for sharing.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 29, 2013:

What a beautiful place, it looks so tranquil and serene! You are very lucky to get a picture of a hummingbird on her nest. After all these years, I have still never seen a hummingbird nest. Your poetry is just wonderful and a beautiful tribute to this amazing little bird. Voting this up, beautiful and sharing! :)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 18, 2013:

Thank you seeing my fascination, appreciate the comments.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 18, 2013:

O janshares there is something so magically wonderful but those tiny creatures. There is never a time that they fail to amaze and cause me to pause and gaze.

Your poem was such a lovely salute to them

Angels are on the way this evening :) ps

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 18, 2013:

O janshares there is something so magically wonderful but those tiny creatures. There is never a time that they fail to amaze and cause me to pause and gaze.

Your poem was such a lovely salute to them

Angels are on the way this evening :) ps

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 01, 2013:

You're very welcome, thanks for reading.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 01, 2013:

Very soothing. Much appreciated

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 31, 2013:

Yes BlossomSB, a lot of patience. At one point, I just sat with my long-range lense trained on the empty nest. My hands were so cold. There were several attempts. It took the whole weekend to catch her. Thanks for your visit, glad you enjoyed it.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on May 31, 2013:

A lovely poem - and however did you manage to get such clear pictures? They always seem to be so much on the move - you must have lots of patience.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 31, 2013:

Hi tillsontitan, so glad you can appreciate this hub. This was my first time interacting with a hummingbird. I had no idea how difficult it would be. The harder it was, the more determined I became. I tried to get a chimpmunk but to no avail. Maybe next time. Thanks for you visit and votes.

Mary Craig from New York on May 31, 2013:

Oh Jan! This is a lovely hub but the poem, it is so imaginative and yet so real. I can relate to the feelings in the poem as I have stood for hours trying to get a picture of a hummingbird. However, I've never seen a nest! I really loved this hub.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 30, 2013:

Thanks so much, Faith Reaper. Your visits are always a blessing. Thanks for the comments and for sharing this hub.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 30, 2013:

Thank you, billybuc, glad you liked it. Thanks for the visit, always appreciative of your comments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2013:

The pictures, the poetry...all beautiful. I love hummingbirds...so very delicate.....sigh....loved this, Jan!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 30, 2013:

Thank you for taking us along to Deep Creek Lake Vacation Resort. It is so very beautiful and I love to watch birds too! Lovely poem of the elusive hummingbird and imagery too.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

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