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Something to think about the next time your car hits 63 MPH on the freeway: a tiny ruby-throated hummingbird can reach that speed going into a dive. Considering their speed and how they beat their wings an average of 50 times per second, it’s a wonder that people are able to photograph hummingbirds mid-flap.

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In Morning At The Watering Hole: Chasing Hummingbirds with a Camera, Mary Diset shows us how it’s done. For those of you who don’t have a hummingbird flower garden or feeder, this Book of the Week shows you what you’re missing.

And in case you think that most hummingbird lore focuses solely on the quaint, cute, Disneyesque qualities of this bird species, let us point you towards several Native American myths that see them as warriors, rainmakers, cures for sorcery, and the sun reincarnated.

Congratulations, Mary. The birders at Blurb salute you.

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  1. Mary is a truely amazing photogragher. I original got her first book “Dogs I’ve Hugged and Kissed” and just loved it! She has the ability to combine wonderful pictures and heartfelt stories together.

    In this book about hummingbirds she captures both their brilliant colors and their poetry in motion. I have no idea how long it took her to get the right pictures but she did it (again). I hope she continues on with her great photography work and I can’t wait for her next book!.

    By michael houston
      April 5, 2007 – 3:46 pm   Permalink

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