The Hidden Beauty of Pollination’–astounding video of hummers, butterflies, etc

This is an extraordinary video showing hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, bats and flowers so close up and so vivid it takes your breath away.  It shows the critters as they pollinate various flowers and some fantastic time-lapse film photography of flowers as they open. It was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.  This is a presentation by the TED nonprofit that “devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.”  They do some fantastic work including linking nature and solutions to human problems.

In this video the “Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film “Wings of Life,” inspired by the vanishing of one of nature’s primary pollinators, the honeybee”. At the beginning of the video, the filmmaker describes his work including his emotional link to the flowers and pollinators he has filmed for many years. Be patient as soon you will see the most stunning video begins–you will want to share this with everyone you know who enjoys hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators.

Please share below what you thought of this video, I would really like to hear your reactions.

  1. says

    Thanks Cilla. I just watched again-for about 5th time tonight–it’s the scenes with hundreds then thousands of Monarch’s that makes me cry, it is just so beautiful. This last time I put it on full screen (click on the four arrows in the bottom right of the video screen)–I lost a little of the sharpness of the video that way but gained such close-up views it was worth it.

  2. Roberta says

    AMAZING! I’m going to do search to find the film! I want to show this to SO MANY – it’s SO IMPORTANT that we realize our link to Nature and how we MUST take protective action!

  3. says

    @Deborah-Glad you enjoyed it.
    @Roberta–the full length film is not out yet. Yes, it is so terribly important for us to connect with nature. As the filmmaker said, “we are a part of nature and need to take care of it”

  4. chatplin says

    Yes I saw this video and I found it really astonishing, it’s magic and makes us have respect for these little creatures, thanks to them we can have many of our food. I love the little bats (I think one of them in the film has its baby on the belly). Sorry for my english, I am french.

    • Collie says

      What an amazing compilation of work, SeEtta; we were fascinated by the butterflies as well as the bats. Seeing the spider go for the hummingbird made me gasp. There wasn’t a part of it that wasn’t interesting. Definately worth sharing. Thank you so much.

      • says

        Chatplin–Your english is fine. I also thought the one bat had a baby on it’s belly but I am not that expert with bats so have asked the bat folks if this is true. I like your description “it’s magic.”
        Hi Collie–I also gasped when the hummer was in the spider web and especially when the spider came after her–then relieved that she got away. I hope that those who believe that nature has to ‘serve’ humans in order to deserve to be saved can see that nature needs to be saved just because it is so wonderful


  1. […] Knowledge is Power. Visit the Pollinator Partnership website for lots of great information, ideas, and activities. Follow blogs like Athena Anderson’s, and learn how to protect honeybees at The Honeybee Conservancy. And if you missed it, be sure to check out this wonderful pollinator video SeEtta posted last fall. […]

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