Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Mysterious Visitation

A good friend and I were in a cafe, located in the bottom floor of an old multi-story home.  It was quaint; one of those places where everything that could be made of wood was.  A hallway led from the main eating area back to a rear entrance.  Outside the darkly-stained wooden screen door, my friend's black Shi-poo was tethered to a bike rack.  He was whiny, scratched often at the door, and all around not happy with this arrangement. 

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) - male
Image online here

Early in the dream, I kept the pup "Ollie" company.   Play time was ultimately an effort to quiet and calm him down.  In a moment of poor judgement, I defied the rules of the establishment and let him in.  He made a beeline for his "mommy"; jumped upon her lap and showered her with kisses. 

Before I could even take a step toward them, I was distracted by movement and a familiar sound outside.  It was the blur of a very small bird and a high-pitched trill.  I knew immediately the source:  a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird!  He twittered from window, to screen, back to window frantically.  I believed he was trying to get my attention and wanted to tell me something important.
Just then an Austinite friend, and an earth science professor from many years ago, appeared next to me.  The Austin friend agreed the bird was attempting to communicate, while the biologist was not so sure.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) - a more typical view  
Image online here

The noises the hummingbird made clearly sounded like some form of communication; replete with cadences, pauses, inflections and emphases.  I pointed this out to my ex-professor Tim.  Listening for himself, he was speechless at first; but soon agreed we should attempt contact.

I opened the back door wide for the bird.  Sadly, I was not able to discover what all the commotion was for.  At first the hummer continued zipping to and fro. It then hovered within a few feet of my face whereupon it gradually, and steadily, grew.  By the time the dream faded fully, he was larger than my friend's lap dog! 

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