It was about a year ago that I first discovered the Endangered Species Carousel. I vowed right then and there that I’d return when the merry-go-round opened, and I’d sit atop that beautiful hummingbird for my inaugural ride…
We visited The Living Desert again last weekend, and I swan, my heart leaped when the carousel came into view.
There was a logjam near the hummingbird, so I headed in the opposite direction, with plans to circle back. Along the way, I admired the animals. I got sidetracked, snapped some photos.
You know what happened, don’t you?
By the time I got there, the hummingbird was taken.
My heart sank, but only for a moment. I mean, c’mon, I was still riding the carousel, right? A simple matter of perspective.*
(I’m straddling a hyena, lol, in case you wanna know.)
‘Round and ’round we went–wheee!–while the caliope music played. And when the ride came to a stop, I circled back ’round to say goodbye to my carousel buddies.
I got all misty-eyed when I saw this rider, hugging that hummingbird goodbye.
More and more, I’ve come to believe that certain things are meant to be.
*Speaking of which: I like saying ‘merry-go-round’ better than ‘carousel.’ It sounds happier, somehow.
We also hiked in “my” oasis this past weekend. More about that tomorrow! But since we’re talking ’bout happy endings, I’ll conclude with some hummingbird photos. Through some magic or a miracle, I somehow managed to capture them with my point-and-shoot Canon.