a new chill on my skin
colors change before my eyes
Yesterday was the start of my Mom’s second chemotherapy treatment. She will have 12 total treatments over the next six months, minimum. There are certainly side effects, but not to the extent we expected so far. She is not brutally ill like we anticipated. She is doing ok overall even though it is still a struggle for her, especially for the first week after the treatment. We are all well aware of the physical and mental power and strength needed to make our way through this journey, including all the other hurdles we have going on at the same time.
Here is the third image in my hummingbird photomanipulation series I did last year. This is a male Rufous hummingbird. The Rufous is a later arriver at our feeders, first appearing in the middle of July, and is also the first of the hummingbird species to leave. Although a few hummingbirds are still here at our feeders, the Rufous in particular have already departed. I did not have the opportunity to enjoy seeing and photographing the hummingbirds as much this summer as in previous years, but I at least got a couple of photo sessions in this past spring.
Since autumn officially arrives here in the northern hemisphere in a few days, on September 22, I thought the beautiful coloring of the Rufous hummingbird was appropriate to welcome the new season.
A common symbolism of hummingbirds is powerful energy and the ability to accomplish the seemingly impossible. They are built for power, with about 30% of their weight consisting of flight muscles. Some migrate impressive distances – up to 500 miles nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico. Two behaviors separate the Rufous from other hummingbird: 1) It ventures farther north during the migration than any other, reaching the southeastern coast of Alaska, and 2) It has the longest known migration of any bird species, traveling over 3,000 miles between Mexico and Alaska.
Hummingbirds symbolize Powerful and Strength
(in Japanese, it is 強力 (きょうりょく), which is read kyouryoku
I also saw another translation of 強力 as “herculean strength.” I believe it, given the strength and stamina these little hummingbirds need for their long journey!
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