Sunday Switchup: Anna’s Hummingbird

I am tickled every time I see one of these, and when I get close enough to one to take pictures I always do. Sometimes they come out all right.

Separately… I know that there are other things to be amazed about, technologically, on the iPhone. But I was kind of ahead of the curve on most of them: in 1998 I had a vaguely portable palmtop (Newton 2100) which could read my handwriting quite well, which had a fully functional web browser, which in short did a surprising number of things that my iPhone can do. Sure it was much bigger, but it was still quite portable if you were the type to carry a backpack, or an admittedly rather large belt holster. But if you’d told me in 1997 that I’d be carrying around a palmtop/phone with a camera that could let you count the feathers in a hummingbird’s wing from a distance of five feet, I would have looked at you funny and walked across the street.

Anna's Hummingbird Flying

I make it as either 12 or 13 feathers, but there might be an extra couple hiding at the back end.

Anna's Hummingbird Sipping Nectar From A Flower

She didn’t seem at all put out by the foot traffic going right by her lunch.

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3 Responses to Sunday Switchup: Anna’s Hummingbird

  1. Rose Marie says:

    Wonderful – a hummingbird and Shakespeare ;-}! ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream?’

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