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Hummingbird Refraction in Salvia

After watching my hummingbirds nectar repeatedly at my salvia plants, I was inspired to take my macro lens and explore the salvia bloom a bit closer.  Flowers always amaze me with their detail that you never notice unless you look closely.  So I tried to create an image that showed what a hummingbird would perceive as it nectars.

Notice anything pretty in the water droplets? :)

Purple Salvia Water Droplet Refraction of Nectaring Hummingbird

Purple Salvia Water Droplet Refraction of Nectaring Hummingbird

To create this image, I took a flower, spritzed it with water, lit it, and arranged one of my favorite hummingbird photos in the background.  In that photo, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was nectaring at a black and blue salvia plant, which is a close cousin of the purple salvia in the foreground.

If you are curious, this next image was the original hummingbird image (the one refracted in the water droplets).   Technically, if a hummer did see himself refracted, he’d see himself upside down (due to the physics of refraction).

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Nectaring at Black and Blue Salvia

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Nectaring at Black and Blue Salvia

My mom says the flower close-up looks like a lizard with its tongue out. ;-)

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