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Hummingbirds

H is for HarringtonH is for Haettenschweller

H=Harrington was designed by Sam Wang in 1991,

H=Haettenschweiler was designed by Walter Haettenschweiler

HUMMINGBIRDS

I love hummingbirds and I’m fortunate enough to have these energetic little birds around my home. Sorry Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and Antarctica, hummingbirds are only found in the Americas. The smallest hummingbird, the Bee Hummingbird, is the smallest of all birds. It measures about 5 cm.

I find hummingbirds among the prettiest of birds. I think this site will give you a good idea why: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=hummingbirds&qpvt=hummingbirds&FORM=IGRE

  Hovering Hummingbird

The hummingbird mythologies are poorly documented since most of the legends about them come from oral traditions and archaeology. Here are a few that are known:

The Aztec god Huitzilopochtli is usually portrayed as a hummingbird. This strikes my sensibilities as strange since Huitzilopochchtli was their god of war, their sun god, and their god of death. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised for our hummingbirds are a very feisty, aggressive lot.  Far more on information on Huitzilopochtli  can be found at these sites

http://www.allabouthistory.org/huitzilopochtli-faq.htm

http://archaeology.about.com/od/hterms/a/Huitzilopochtli.htm

http://www.azteccalendar.com/god/Huitzilopochtli.html

Now on to the Nazca lines in Peru. One of the most famous is the hummingbird image.

The Nazca Lines (huge Nazca geoglyphs that need to be seen from higher elevations) are located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. There are 300 figures, but among the most famous is the hummingbird.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Nazca+Lines&qpvt=Nazca+Lines&FORM=IGRE

http://www.discover-peru.org/the-nazca-lines/

Has anyone been there? Is this as fantastic as I think?

Hummingbird in Flight

The Ohlone legend is that Hummingbird brought fire to the world. The Mayan legend is that the hummingbird is the sun in disguise. In Mojave legend the hummingbird sought out the path to light from the darkness that the people lived. And thus it goes one native legend to another.

Breakfast time at the Feeder

There is so much more on hummingbirds than I can share in one post. We will revisit these beautiful creatures in the future.

-lisa

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