• Carolyn Mickulas

Little Wonder

A flash of emerald, a flutter of wings, and the tiny bird vanishes. Moments later it reappears, this time at a better angle. A thumb-size dervish with hyperkinetic wings that can beat 80 times a second, producing the faintest hum. Tail feathers paddle, steering gently in three dimensions. As the bird stares into the trumpet of a bright fuchsia bloom, a thread-thin tongue flickers from its needle beak. A sunbeam glances off its iridescent feathers, the reflected color as dazzling as a gemstone hung in a sunny window. It's a Little Wonder... beautiful, stunning, and exotic.