This morning I saw a video of wild animals having fun in large cities around the world: Elephants running through the streets of India, monkeys cavorting in swimming pools in Mumbai, kangaroos hopping full tilt through Adelaide, coyotes running through San Francisco (and Pacific Grove), river otters in Singapore, and best of all, wild boar sprinting through Paris! That’s what happens when human commerce takes a breather, as now.
Later I was standing quietly outside admiring the spring growth in our back yard, when a hummingbird came up to examine me CLOSELY. Hovered right in front of my face, looking into my eyes, so close I could feel the breeze from his wings. In no hurry to leave, sending me a message that he was not going to hold me to account right now, but not to get smug, because he has friends who are larger than he. Or I.
He looked me over for perhaps thirty seconds, which is a big investment (ca. 10 human minutes) considering he only lives three or four years. His heart rate is over 1,200 beats per minute (about 20 times human rate) while flying, and he is allotted about the same number of lifetime heartbeats as a human being (strangely true for most animals).
If you think nature has nothing to say and doesn’t keep track, remember my hummingbird and his subtle warning.