Hummingbird Profiles #2 – Ganbatte 頑張って

Hummingbird Profiles #2
Hummingbird Profiles #2, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

hummingbird miracles
and determined perseverance
nature’s masterpiece

I’ve been a resident in my mother’s hospital room at the cancer hospital this past week.  She did well with the surgery and will require several weeks of recuperation, but we are playing the waiting game again with pathology results.  We do our best to persevere.


Here is the second image in my hummingbird photomanipulation series.  This is a male Black-chinned hummingbird, one of the first hummingbirds that usually arrive at our feeders for the season.  Since purple is one of my favorite colors, I love the glistening purple gorget when the light catches their throat just right.  Hummingbirds symbolize many things, as I’ve posted in the past, two of which are perseverance and overcoming the seemingly impossible.

In my opinion, hummingbirds are one of nature’s many great masterpieces!

The Japanese word for perseverance, to not give up or to “do your best” is:
Ganbatte  頑張って (がんばって)

…and more formal and more polite:
Ganbatte kudasai  頑張ってください

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47 responses to “Hummingbird Profiles #2 – Ganbatte 頑張って

  1. Thank you so much for letting us know about your mom’s surgery went well. I pray her recuperation will go smoothly. Love your artwork, always!
    It must be stressful, hope you are getting some rest…

  2. Lovely image (and purple is one of my favourite colours too).

    Hope the path results are good for your Mother. The ‘Waiting Game’ for this type of situation is always the hardest.

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  4. …perseverance and overcoming. I wish you “hummingbird miracles” from my hear, my dear FM! Although, something tells me, that everything is going to be just fine.
    Thank you for this beautiful little guy!

  5. “I’ve been a resident in my mother’s hospital room at the cancer hospital this past week. She did well with the surgery and will require several weeks of recuperation…” – good! So far for the human beings. And we, on the other hand, saved a little swallow, who looked anxious, sitting on our stairway…

  6. Absolutely gorgeous as always Fergie and wishing your mom a speedy recovery hon. Thinking of you both. 😀 *big hugs*

  7. Beautiful picture! 🙂

    So sad to hear about your mum. I hope the medisine works it`s way, so all of you can breath lightly in to the fall.

    Varm thougts from Huldra in Norway 🙂

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  9. A very moving post. This is my first visit with you so I was unaware of the struggles you are enduring. Your artwork is meaningful in light of it, as well as beautiful and hopeful … I wish both you and your mother well.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  10. This is absolutely beautiful. Hummingbirds are proof that nature is the best artist. Wishing your mom well. Glad to hear she is recovering and keeping my fingers crossed about the results.

  11. This is just beautiful. The hummingbird certainly is a masterpiece, and so is your work. I am in awe of your photography and poetic talent.

    I will keep your mum and you in my thoughts and prayers. I dont know who on earth I pray to, I just do it. 🙂 xx

  12. miracle, perseverance, masterpiece: three terms which are an analogy to YOUR life too! I’m sure, that you, celebrating your life with bird-watching, painting and writing – meditation, supporting your mother, fighting vs. cancer: have so much dignity and density that you can be proud. Not the quantity counts but the quality…

  13. Fergie, I hope you are doing well. It is a stressful and demanding time for you. Your photography art doesn’t seem to suffer, on the contrary, your hummingbird is beautiful. May the hours your are working at your art bring some relief of the stress.
    Blessings and best wishes for you,

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