This unexpected visitor was a welcome sight
Igrew up in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia where hummingbirds were a common sight. I’ve lived in Edmonton for 36 years now, and until recently, had never seen one here— it made me realize I had taken hummingbird sightings for granted.
I began gardening in the small backyard of our townhouse here in Edmonton about 15 years ago—it’s now completely filled with annuals and perennials, no grass to mow! My spot at the kitchen table looks out over this tiny oasis and I often sit there, lost in thought.
In August of 2013, I was sitting in my spot at the table with a coffee and the crossword puzzle when, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed something land on a plant. A grasshopper? I looked again—to my shock, it was a hummingbird! Where was my camera? Afraid to open the back door for fear of frightening it away, I sat at the window snapping as many pics as I could through the glass, hoping they’d turn out. It was the highlight of my summer!