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Hope's Nest
Photographer: Melodye Shore
Location: Orange County, California
On a sunny afternoon in April, I invited my little neighbor-friend Sara to help me create a backyard fairy garden. One thing led to another, and…"Ooh, Sara! Do you see what I see, at the topmost limb of that Podocarpus branch?" We named this mama hummingbird Hope. She sheltered her brood during heavy winds and rain, and protected them from marauding crows. Sensing somehow that we were friends, she allowed us to film her hatchlings, from eggs to fledge.
Digital Alterations: 
Photoshop Elements, for sharpness and color correction. Cropped.
Camera Information: Panasonic Lumix FZ200
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