There is something about Hummingbirds. Not only are they the cutest, yet smallest bird alive, but they can also fly backwards. I’ve met a whole bunch of them in the Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde, Costa Rica and I can’t wait to get back one day. I’m particulary excited about this cause we don’t have them in Europe or Australia. To me they are super rare. For those who’d like to explore Costa Rica, The Hummingbird Garden is situated right at the entrance of the Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde. Besides the 14 species of the most colourful Hummingbirds, you will also enjoy an extensive collection of the most vibrant plants.
Flapping those Wings
I stare at them for over an hour and dread the fact I’m not able to film them in slow motion. The birds are so tiny and fast so it’s sometimes hard to see their wings flap (they flap up to 200 times per second, that’s why!). I learn a hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, therefor they sip on the nectar all day long. Hummingbirds are nowhere to be found in Europe, Africa, Australia or Asia. So those of you who live in the U.S.A, consider yourself lucky! I wish I could spot those sparkly being everywhere too! That’s why I wanted to visit this reserve so badly. For only 5 dollars you get to enter and enjoy them all day. A true photographers dream and nature lover’s treat.I will let the pictures speak for themselves now… but can I add that Anna’s hummingbirds are an actual hummingbird breed? Priceless!
One way or the other a hummingbird appears in my dreams, life or during travels, I do see it as my spirit animal, my totem. Let’s dig deeper into their Spiritual meaning. Hummingbirds symbolise Independence, Joy of life and Lightness of being. As they are small and move quickly, they are able to adapt in no time. They represent wisdom and challenge you to to stand strong while being able to move quickly and fly high. This totem wants you to aggressively pursue your dreams and make them a reality. The joy and love that lie within need to come out to make every moment count
- Location: outside the entrance/exit of the actual cloud forest reserve.
- The address: Carretera a Reserva de Monteverde, Provincia de Puntarenas, Monte Verde, Costa Rica
- Website: Reserve Monteverde
- More on animal symbolism.