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Via Buzzfeed, some absolutely amazing photos of hummingbirds taken by Jeff Scheetz.

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27 comments to Beauty

  • darkcycle

    Wow. What a lovely hummingbird. I bet it tastes great.

  • Francis

    Photos of hummingbirds? Funny, but that’s not where my eyes went first.

  • Duncan20903

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    I’ve got a couple of hummingbird bushes in my yard courtesy of the previous owner. I had no clue just how tiny they are until we bought this house. At first I thought they were very large insects. That sure isn’t a prize bud. Very, very interesting that they attract hummingbirds. There’s really not that much trivia about cannabis that I don’t know. Thanks Pete!

    • darkcycle

      Ah, it’s small, but that’s OUTDOOR. It’s attached to a plant that may be eight feet tall and six across. And for outdoor, I’d say it’s nicely done, it’s hard to get that sort of visible density when your sight selection is compromised. Trust me.

  • Tony Aroma

    I wonder if they get a buzz from the “nectar.”

  • Duncan20903

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    One thing that is an indisputable fact is that the truth is not a welcome visitor in Ms. Linda Taylor’s home. Were the truth to politely knock on her front door, she would call the police and demand it be arrested for trespassing.
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    I apologize. I just felt an urgent need to post a gratuitous insult of Ms. Taylor. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
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    I’m also stumped. I bought a new brand of ready to cook pizza pie yesterday and thought it would be dinner. But when I read the directions, it said that I have to make sure that its internal temperature has reached at least 165° before consumption. Can someone please tell me where I can locate an attorney who specializes in producing inane corporate CYA phrases so I can beat him/her senseless just on general principles?

    The absolute champion of all time (never to be exceeded in the future) oxymoron was brought to you by a corporate CYA law specialist:
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    This space intentionally left blank.

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    I’ll wager he was also a Know Nothing prohibitionist. Anyone want the other side?

    In major new recommendations last month, the California Medical Association, the state’s largest doctor group, described existing laws criminalizing marijuana as “a failed public health policy” and called for legalization and regulation of the drug, both for medicinal and recreational uses. But the CMA did not give marijuana its stamp of approval, saying that scientific studies are “inadequate.” The CMA report has reignited public debate about legalizing marijuana, a question that could also be posed to voters again next year.

    Sunday’s Dialog section features a CMA official, a CMA critic, a drug-policy reformer and the White House drug czar each offering their opinions on what to do about pot. Their essays:

    * The case for legalization
    * The case against legalization
    * Decriminalization is not enough
    * What the White House says about legalizing marijuana

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/nov/05/legalize-marijuana/

    • Duncan20903

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      Say, this guy from the CMA may be a genius. We all know that Know Nothings aren’t very bright. It’s very frustrating that they aren’t impressed or convinced by logic and factual information. But the guy from the CMA just goes right on down to their level and uses idiocy and stupidity in an attempt to convince them to support re-legalization. Drop bombs to make peace, no doubt.

      /snip/
      As a family physician, I want to be clear that CMA’s position is not to make the substance more readily available to the general public, but actually quite the opposite.
      /snip/

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      The most frightening concern to us as physicians is that it is unregulated. We have no way of knowing the purity, strength or chemical makeup of the substance that many of our patients are receiving.
      /snip/

      [I thought doctors had to go to college or something before they got to work as doctors? You could call Steve DeAngelo and ask for a printout of the GC/MS]

  • Mooky

    Excellent post & excellent photos.

    Thanks for this! I’m sharing on facebook :).

  • Maria

    Oh those are lovely. Is this the guy that does those amazing brilliantly shot calendars?

  • Mugenbao

    This guy always has the most awesome photos, and I have to admit that of all of his photo subjects the juxtaposition of medical marijuana and hummingbirds is my favorite 🙂

    He seems to be a man of many skills, and comes across as truly nice and always willing to help people learn. I’m happy to see his work getting even more attention.

  • darkcycle

    Duncan- go look at your facebook page. Heh-he-hee

  • ezrydn

    My cockatoo loves eating my leftover seeds. When I “clean,” he’s right there to claim his part. Does he get a buzz? No clue. He’s a “funnybird” as it is. LOL

  • Matthew Meyer

    DoobieDuck and ICMaggers on Drug WarRant! The singularity draws nigh!

  • darkcycle

    hey, straighten up and fly right! With Finnish subtitles!(some advice old d.c. should heed):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAUAWzYPR7E

  • palemalemarcher

    My educated guess ID of the Hummer, Broad Tailed Hummingbird.

  • Thank you everyone for your interest and appreciation of my art. The hummingbirds are welcome visitors to my garden. More about me and my art can be found at DoobieDuck.com Cheers..DD

  • cabdriver

    Consider the hummingbird: highest basal metabolism of all animals- 1400 calories/kilogram; heartbeat up to 1260 beats per minute.

    Drinking the nectar off of a primo bud, and keeping a perfect hover pattern.

    By contrast, consider the hazards of hummingbird feeders that use sugar water:

    “…Fermented nectar can kill hummingbirds by causing their livers to suddenly enlarge, according to the Virginia Cooperative Extension. This can also kill orioles, which also like to drink from hummingbird feeders.

    Alternative

    The best type of sugar to use for hummingbird feeders is granulated white sugar. It does not contain corn starch. Brown sugar contains more iron than a hummingbird can digest easily. [Honey is also liable to ferment.]

    Time Frame

    Even properly made hummingbird sugar water can ferment after two or three days. This fermented sugar water nectar can also grow dangerous molds and bacteria that may kill birds that drink it. It’s best to clean a nectar feeder every three days.”

    http://www.ehow.com/facts_7640885_can-powdered-sugar-hummingbird-food.html

  • Maria

    I have one of Jeff’s shots (less focused on the bud, but it’s still obvious if you know what it is) as part of my Nature Porn rotating screen saver on my work laptop. You know, gorgeous pictures of galaxies, volcanoes, storms, plants…

    I’m surprised at how many people have seen it, including my parents, my boss, conservative clients, professional partners. I’ve received comments on how beautiful the image looks, how amazing the bird shines, how good the skill of the photog must be (I always tell them to look up Jeff Scheetz). People ask me to pause it to look at it.

    And except for one IT dude who told me that I “have great taste in plants” no one ever notices / mentions the bud.

    We will win with pretty subtle pictures inserted into the subconscious. 😉