Photograph taken by Brent A. Iverson
Photograph post-processed by Cindy Garber Iverson
On days when the sun is shining,
We can find him sitting atop the tip of the highest branch
On the leaf-bare plum tree.
He surveys his kingdom from the perfect vantage point
Waiting for a bug to snatch from the air
Or a rival hummingbird to chase away.
It won't be long before his daily routine is expanded
To courting with spectacular aerial maneuvers
To impress his lady of choice.
But for now, he is content to sit on his spindly throne
Letting the sun reflect off his ruby crown
Sending a periodic flash of brilliance our way.