I'm always fascinated by how every piece of nature is linked together with other pieces to form the perfect system of creation. Each living thing is somehow dependent on another, making everything relevant and useful for the circle of life to continue.
The temptation of sweet nectar is so great within the flowers, that insects and hummingbirds find it beyond irresistible. While the temptation draws them deep within the flower to gather the nectar, pollen gets stuck to their bill and feathers, and gets carried on to the other flowers in order to pollinate them. The flowers could have been created to independently pollinate themselves, but that would eliminate the relationship or need for other living things. With billions of living things on this planet, each and every one of them has a source to fulfill that need.
This juvenile Ruby-throat hummingbird has some Delphinium pollen stuck to its bill just ready to pass on to the next flower. Here is where creation gets even more fascinating - that pollen from a certain color of flower will then affect every seed to soon develop within every other flower it touches. The cross pollination of flowers then becomes spectacular across the landscape as colors of every shade are developed. Not one bird or bee has an understanding of the massive job it's completing, but each one of them is rewarded greatly with irresistible nectar, while we are rewarded with spectacular beauty across the continent.
N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. July 26, 2018.
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