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An excerpt from Louie Schwartzberg's nature documentary, Wings of Life, captures hummingbirds and insects pollinating plants in gorgeous slow motion. 

The filmmaker describes his inspiration for the film on his website:

I’ve been filming time lapse flowers, continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 35 years. To watch them move is a dance I will never get tired of. Their sensual beauty immerses us with color, smell, taste and touch. Yet, like most of us, I took for granted the miraculous romance between flowers and pollinators—a synergy that, in fact, keeps this planet alive. The beauty of their relationship compelled me to film their behavior. Who could resist? It truly is the ultimate love story, for it nourishes the very essence of life.  

He has also given a TED talk on the film:

For more work by Louie Schwartzberg, visit http://www.movingart.tv/.

Thanks to Garance Franke-Ruta for the video. 

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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