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Hummingbird Watch at Deep Creek Lake

Updated on April 6, 2017
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A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

Bird Watching at Deep Creek Lake: Hummingbird in the Nest

The hummingbird perched high on a branch, sits still for a picture.
The hummingbird perched high on a branch, sits still for a picture. | Source

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During a recent visit to Deep Creek Lake Resort in Western Maryland, I discovered the peaceful tranquility of the mountains in springtime.

It's a visually beautiful place offering lush greenery, glistening lake views, and amazing sunsets.

Nestled in Garrett County, Maryland, Deep Creek Lake offers a lot more than boating, hiking, fishing, shopping, skiing, or lodging.

As I enjoyed a holiday weekend stay, my appreciation increased for the animals that inhabit the space we temporarily shared with them. We forget that it is they who invite us into their territory and graciously allow us to stay for a while.

As I watched the birds and chipmunks, I became particularly intrigued with the hummingbird. I was so enthralled and was inspired to write the poem below, "The Elusive Hummingbird."

Deep Creek Lake Rich Greenery and Hills

Deep Creek Hills, Deep Creek Lake Resort, Garrett County, MD
Deep Creek Hills, Deep Creek Lake Resort, Garrett County, MD | Source

Hummingbird's Tree

The crown of the hummingbird's tree home sits very tall.
The crown of the hummingbird's tree home sits very tall. | Source

Hummingbird is Perched in Position for the Perfect Shot

The hummingbird sits proudly in her cozy nest.
The hummingbird sits proudly in her cozy nest. | Source

Hummingbird's Home: An Empty Nest

The hummingbird likes to quickly fly away and leave its nest empty.
The hummingbird likes to quickly fly away and leave its nest empty. | Source

"The Elusive Hummingbird"


Perched at home you proudly sit

A tiny nest you keep

Atop a tree, for all to see

To glimpse you I must creep


Outside the kitchen window propped

With pride you mark your place

I blink my eye, and then you fly

Away without a trace


I try to spend some time with you

I hope you want the same

To steal a shot, I plan and plot

To catch you in my frame


So regal as you hold yourself

Upon a branch so small

My camera trained, on you I aim

Yet, again you haul


You dart away once more, so fast

You fascinate me so

Oh hummingbird, without a word

With high speed, there you go


Your nest is left unoccupied

Empty for a time

You disappear into the air

Without reason or rhyme


Returning to your nesting place

I smile because you're back

With landing quick, you do your trick

Bird drama you don't lack


As you perch so quietly

I tiptoe on the deck

To catch you there, I take your dare

Before again you trek


Finally with focused lens

You pose for me in nest

To my surprise, before my eyes

You bow to my request


I shoot on automatic clicks

Your beauty in a tree

Elusively, you give to me

Hummingbird memory

Deck View of Deep Creek Lake Beside Hummingbird's Home

The hummingbird has quite a view from the deck.
The hummingbird has quite a view from the deck. | Source

Deep Creek Lake Resort, Garrett County, MD

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for taking us along to Deep Creek Lake Vacation Resort. It is so very beautiful and I love to watch birds too! Lovely poem of the elusive hummingbird and imagery too.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The pictures, the poetry...all beautiful. I love hummingbirds...so very delicate.....sigh....loved this, Jan!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, billybuc, glad you liked it. Thanks for the visit, always appreciative of your comments.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks so much, Faith Reaper. Your visits are always a blessing. Thanks for the comments and for sharing this hub.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Oh Jan! This is a lovely hub but the poem, it is so imaginative and yet so real. I can relate to the feelings in the poem as I have stood for hours trying to get a picture of a hummingbird. However, I've never seen a nest! I really loved this hub.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi tillsontitan, so glad you can appreciate this hub. This was my first time interacting with a hummingbird. I had no idea how difficult it would be. The harder it was, the more determined I became. I tried to get a chimpmunk but to no avail. Maybe next time. Thanks for you visit and votes.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely poem - and however did you manage to get such clear pictures? They always seem to be so much on the move - you must have lots of patience.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes BlossomSB, a lot of patience. At one point, I just sat with my long-range lense trained on the empty nest. My hands were so cold. There were several attempts. It took the whole weekend to catch her. Thanks for your visit, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Very soothing. Much appreciated

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're very welcome, thanks for reading.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O janshares there is something so magically wonderful but those tiny creatures. There is never a time that they fail to amaze and cause me to pause and gaze.

      Your poem was such a lovely salute to them

      Angels are on the way this evening :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O janshares there is something so magically wonderful but those tiny creatures. There is never a time that they fail to amaze and cause me to pause and gaze.

      Your poem was such a lovely salute to them

      Angels are on the way this evening :) ps

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you seeing my fascination, appreciate the comments.

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a beautiful place, it looks so tranquil and serene! You are very lucky to get a picture of a hummingbird on her nest. After all these years, I have still never seen a hummingbird nest. Your poetry is just wonderful and a beautiful tribute to this amazing little bird. Voting this up, beautiful and sharing! :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, sgbrown, it wasn't easy but it was fun. Thank you for your visit, vote, and for sharing.

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      ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

      I used to live in Oakland when I was a kid but now I'm a world apart ... brings back memories!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, ziyena, good memories I'm sure. I appreciate your stopping by and reading this special hub.

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      I very much enjoyed this visit to hummingbird land. To witness such a special bird at close hand and to be inspired poetically, well, that is one of the pure pleasures of being alive.

      In New Mexico, Taos to be precise, I saw my first hummingbird, a blur that I thought was a large moth (in broad daylight) until it hovered and took a sip from a flower in front of a bookseller's store. Knock me over with a feather, a very tiny feather.

      That was some holiday. I saw what were for me dream birds....hummingbird, roadrunner, turkey vultures, eagles..... wonderful creatures.

      Votes.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much for sharing that, chef-de-jour. You have a way with words that is so poetic, even when you share casually. Thank you for taking a look at this hub to witness a fascination we have in commom. I appreciate the votes, too.

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      alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Wonderful -- you highlight what I love so much about hummingbirds and watching them. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I appreciate that, alocsin. Thank you so much for your visit.

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