…so I walked up to it and took its picture.
It’s an immature Costa’s hummingbird sitting on a thorny throne below the deep dark of our Texas Ebony’s canopy. Imperfectly sharp as it is, it was a lucky shot in the shade — with no flash, trying to hold the telephoto lens still. There are thirty other perfectly un-sharp images to prove it.
Costa’s hummingbird (photo A.Shock) >>
It did not care in the least that I was stealing its soul with my camera — probably a soul would just weigh a hummer down anyway, and this one had gnats to nab and intruders to chase. I was happy to catch it in its late afternoon moment of calm.