This past weekend I got to photograph hundreds of hummingbirds (mostly the rufous type; see one of my photographs above) with a group of fellow photobuffs in Santa Fe. What a glorious way to spend a morning–watching the antics of dive-bombing hummers buzzing everywhere! It’s my passion for these miracles of everyday life and connecting with others that provide me with motivation and enough wonder to keep me going.
And the morning didn’t disappoint. The birds’ sequined feathers dazzled me. Their quest for energy-sustaining liquids fascinated. And their near-nonstop activity was mesmerizing. Then, looking at all the energy these jeweled hummers expended, a curious thought grabbed me.
Though I love watching these tiny acrobats, I can’t imagine how much sugar (i.e., carbs and food) it would take to keep me going like that! Our group’s hosts, in fact, let us know that they mix up, on average, over 300 pounds of sugar and water in one season. That translates into 1,733 calories (straight carbs) per pound of sugar, or almost 520,000 calories per season for those busy little creatures! I can’t even imagine having to figure out insulin coverage for this type of routine!
Having to count my carb intake every day and balance it with activity, sometimes feeling trapped into a “Groundhog Day” repetitive pattern of being chained to food as an insuling-taking Type 1 diabetic, this thought of never being able to do anything but sustain one’s life by a singular quest for food takes my breath away! And exercising like that? It really would take a miracle for any of us to sustain that level of activity (insulin-dependent or not). Go hummers, go! Amazing what we take for granted, isn’t it?
B well, b happy. I’d love to hear about your passions that keep you going in spite of health challenges.
Until next time, kath