The Hidden Beauty of Pollination, Nature's Love-Making Mechanism

By Maria Popova

We've already marveled at the macro beauty of pollen, nature's love-making mechanism. From Louie Schwartzberg's film Wings of Life -- an homage to "the love story that feeds the Earth," inspired by the worrisome vanishing of the honeybees, nature's irreplaceable Cupids -- comes this stunning montage of high-speed images, revealing the intricate beauty of pollination:

Schwartzberg contextualizes the footage in his talk from TED 2011:

For a related moment of humility, treat yourself to Schwartzberg's moving and rewarding TEDxSF talk on gratitude -- it gets truly extraordinary at around 3:55:

HT Smithsonian Retina.

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