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I saw the beautiful image below--straight out of a children's story or a fable--on Facebook, but with no attribution. Some clever photographer had caught this moment of convivial interspecies refreshment, but who?

Fortunately, these days, you can put a photo's url into Google Images and search it out, and by doing so, I found it was by Toshiyasu Morita, a photographer who mainly makes portraits of cosplayers--but who also likes to photograph hummingbirds (and their bee friends).

Its original location on the interwebs is this post on Audubon California's blog.

So now we can make up stories about this hummingbird and those bees, and we can thank Mr. Morita for capturing the moment and sharing it with us.




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osprey_archer
Dec. 6th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaah that's so cute! Hummingbird + bee friends FTW!
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
I know, right! It makes me think of the cuckoo in the tinier bird's nest, only an extreme case of it, and the tinier bird is actually bees.
sartorias
Dec. 6th, 2016 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is so beautiful!
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:46 am (UTC)
Isn't it? I love how delicately both types of creature are drinking--but so differently.
yamamanama
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
That's an amazing photo. Is she a ruby-throated?

Edited at 2016-12-07 01:33 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:46 am (UTC)
No, an Anna's. But beautiful! I love the close-up on the bees too. It makes me feel tiny, looking at this picture--this is how the world is if you're tiny!
yamamanama
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:56 am (UTC)
Ah, yeah, he's on the west coast. I didn't see the link.

Edited at 2016-12-07 01:57 am (UTC)
sovay
Dec. 7th, 2016 05:41 am (UTC)
So now we can make up stories about this hummingbird and those bees, and we can thank Mr. Morita for capturing the moment and sharing it with us.

I hadn't seen the photograph even unattributed, so thank you for sharing it! There could be a lot of good stories.
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
I like seeing the bees that close up. I've never seen bees drinking before. And a hummingbird that close up is a totally other creature.
sovay
Dec. 9th, 2016 06:46 am (UTC)
I've never seen bees drinking before.

Me neither, actually. Only from flowers.

And a hummingbird that close up is a totally other creature.

It is significantly more of a dragon.
browngirl
Dec. 7th, 2016 06:14 am (UTC)
That's so lovely I gasped aloud. And what a story prompt!
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:17 pm (UTC)
Right?
cmcmck
Dec. 7th, 2016 09:23 am (UTC)
That is an amazing pic!
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:18 pm (UTC)
A lovely moment--so glad the guy was there with his camera to capture it.
mnfaure
Dec. 7th, 2016 09:39 am (UTC)
WHat a lovely story image and world image. :D
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:18 pm (UTC)
I like the world image too!
med_cat
Dec. 7th, 2016 10:04 am (UTC)
A wonderfully captured moment :)
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
Apparently the photographer sets up and then just waits patiently--and sometimes moments like this are his reward.
med_cat
Dec. 8th, 2016 12:41 am (UTC)
I see :) Thanks for sharing it with us!

May I repost to my LJ?
asakiyume
Dec. 8th, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
Sure; I'd be honored!
med_cat
Dec. 8th, 2016 12:57 am (UTC)
Thanks!
lizziebelle
Dec. 7th, 2016 11:53 am (UTC)
That is an amazing picture. Thank you for tracking down the photographer!
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
As a photographer yourself, I know you appreciate attribution ♥
khiemtran
Dec. 8th, 2016 08:07 pm (UTC)
Wow. That is an amazing photo! (But did it work, and did they get their true bodies back?)
asakiyume
Dec. 8th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I wonder! It all depends on whether the instructions for finding the healing spring were the real thing or a forgery, I suppose, and whether the deity they offended feels mollified or not.
khiemtran
Dec. 8th, 2016 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's the thing, I guess. How do you know what to believe? But at some point it doesn't matter. If you need to save your kingdoms from the Great Dying, you'll just have to do what the crazy wizard says because there are no other options...
amaebi
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:38 pm (UTC)
"heeheeheeheehee look she can't even sit down"

"I could sit down. I totally could. I'm just too busy."

"heeheeheeheehee slurp believe that when i see it"
asakiyume
Dec. 9th, 2016 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Perfect.
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