A hummingbird came to visit me in the garden today. He swept in so close to my left ear that I thought he might check it for nectar. He swung around to the right and hovered under the brim of my garden hat and beat his little wings furiously while he looked directly into my face. My heart jumped but I stayed very still, to fully receive his blessing.
The alstromerias were calling just beyond the shelter of my straw hat, and he was off to explore each flower, coming away with golden pollen on his chin.