Booted Racquettail (Ocreatus underwoodii)

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. In effect, the people who change our lives the most begin to sing to us while we are still in darkness. If we listen to their song, we will see the dawning of a new part of ourselves.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Scrolling through old files, I paused and smiled while looking at those fancy boots on the hummingbird; I hope that you smile as well!

Please accept my apologies for closing comments on the last post;  Efrain died from complications of pancreatitis, and just when the family had hopes that he might live, he took a turn for the worse.   A few of us left in the night to go to the hospital, but he died about half an hour after we arrived.

Efran was not part of my blood family, though his parents, siblings, children and cousins embraced me into their lives years ago.  They all appreciated your words of encouragement during these past few weeks.  Thank you again for your around-the-world kindness.

(Image from March 2018 – Poza Honda/Manabi Province)

His service at the cemetery was very serene, where three naturally-sculpted guava trees provided shade and beauty.   Various birds added their own sweet songs while one lone Swallow-tailed Swift soared and swooped in an aerial ballet.

“Perhaps the crescent moon smiles in doubt at being told that it is a fragment awaiting perfection.” – Rabindranath Tagore