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A Moment of Nature in the Midst of It All

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, April 04, 2008, at 06:40PM
Pershing Square Tree Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A tree in Pershing Square, on a branch of which sits a hummingbird, far too small for my camera to catch.

Walking through Pershing Square just minutes ago, I caught a flit out of the corner of my eye. A tiny object in motion, alternately hovering in space and hitting bursts of motion.

I stopped, and proceeded to spend the next five minutes standing in the middle of one of the least inviting parks I've seen, utterly captivated to watch a hummingbird moving about the grass.

As is typically the case, this happened at a time when I didn't have my camera. I pulled out my phone, hoping in vain that I could catch a moment when the dark colored bird passed across the light-colored concrete, leaving a speck of contrast that I could point to and say, "See that? It's a hummingbird!"

I found myself wondering if the hummingbird made its home in the park, and how such a little bird could possibly have navigated the big buildings of Downtown to find itself at a patch with plants and open space. If you happen across the park sometime soon and find me sitting there with camera in hand, that's the question I'll probably be looking to answer.

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