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Oct 07, 2006

A real-life Snow White moment

Snowwhite_stamp_1 Ruhmember in the movie Snow White when the birds help her get dressed? it was too fabulous.

At the future C.O. Dream Office, birds will be on hand to help with all administrative tasks, including taking off your jacket as you enter, fetching toner cartridges, cleaning your ears, etc.


[The sound of tiny boks]


[Hummingbird watercooler chat]


Tiny, red-breasted, buzzing, winged thanks to Yolanda ;)

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Cute!!! Hummingbirds are the cutest!!!

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 08:14 PM

She must have had to keep SUPER still not to scare the birds away!

Too bad there's not a picture with any of their tongues sticking out.

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 08:16 PM

Aww~! I used to do that too! I never got that many to land on me though... I was lucky if I got two of them.


 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 08:17 PM


 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 08:18 PM

i can do this with chickadees, but hummingbirds? is this real?

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 08:23 PM

That is SO cool!

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 08:40 PM

Amazing photos, and I *love* hummingbirds, but...wasn't it Cinderella who got dressed with the help of birds and mice?

Laurie C
 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 08:47 PM

Hummers! Yey!

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 08:47 PM

yeah, laurie, i was thinking the same thing. i know the birds and mice helped cinderella get dressed (and shower too!), but i don't remember that happening with snow white . . .

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 08:59 PM

I'm so jealous... I would love to get the hummingbirds to drink out of my hand.

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:12 PM

tiny birds = awesome.

i need to watch snow white agian...

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:16 PM


 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:23 PM

Btw.... yes, it WAS Cinderella. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042332/plotsummary

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:25 PM

This... this slays me. I love it. I love it so much.

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:26 PM

This is really an amazing feat (and the photos are fabulous)... especially since hummingbirds don't usually get along well together! The ones in my yard spent all summer chasing each other away from my two feeders.

I love these little guys! I'm very jealous :) Also, hummingbirds make the cutest little chips!

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:35 PM

By chips, I mean chirps. Seriously adorable.

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:36 PM

That "thump" you may have heard just now was the sound of Tippi Hedren fainting.

Here's a link so's the young'uns can get the joke:

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:43 PM

Thats like the most amazing thing Ive ever seen

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:50 PM

Snow White has a part in the film where she's singing and a bird lands on her finger. Sleeping Beauty has a part similiar to that too.

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:56 PM

Snow White sang with a birdie on her finger (see postage stamp above), and critters helped her clean the Dwarf cottage (while she sang "Whistle While You Work," 'member?).

J. Bo
 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:58 PM

Oop, Alia beat me to it while I was typing!

J. Bo
 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 09:59 PM

Ah, the wonders of photoshop.

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 10:31 PM

Wow! Amazing photos!

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 10:48 PM

Yeah, photoshop is cool.

Completely irrelevant to these photos.

But cool.

 |  Oct 07, 2006 at 10:49 PM

It looks VERY photoshopped to me.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 01:26 AM

Ooohh, I luv Hummingbirds!

Olof Moleman
 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 01:33 AM

Oh dear, the 'photoshop trolls' are out and about. It doesn't look photoshopped to me, for the sheer fact it would be too bloody difficult!

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 01:46 AM

Aww. I love hummingbirds. One of my favorites. They're so wee.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 03:58 AM


I always imagined humming birds to be the IM system in the CO Dream Office, post it held in beaks hovering at just right height to the read message.


Dewi CasGwent
 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 04:18 AM

I think it's a little disturbing (looking back now, I of course loved it when I was little) that Cinderella had small animals helping her to shower...

Disney is a bunch of pedophilic creeps sitting in offices somewhere. o_o Thinking of cartoon animals.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 04:57 AM

such beautiful birds...

little miao
 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 05:56 AM

Heh ... cute hummingbirds.


The colours may have been highlighted in Photoshop, but it's NOT photoshopped. You can tell by the lack of depth of field (the grass, which is so close by, is completely blurred) which can only be caused by a large aperture or low shutter speed (which also explains the blur of the birds' wings.) Also, the shadows on the woman's hands caused by the sitting birds, as well as the transparency of the wings' blur in photo#3 are pretty authentic. It's the colour correction which makes the photos look fake (and possibly the use of a filter for extra sharpness...)


Aw, just bok it. Great photos.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 06:22 AM

Great photos but like photoashley, I'm more surprised that they got that many hummingbirds in one place without carnage. The ones at my feeder are hyper-aggressive to others.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 06:44 AM

Ok, how do you do this? Is there a trick to getting them to come to your hand like that? I LOVE hummingbirds. I'd settle for just one.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 06:50 AM

No trick, just lots of patience. I've done it before. Their little feet are so tiny. Basically, you just stand or sit down as still as possible and hold a feeder. Or you can put your finger on the feeder's perch bar, which is what I did. Depending on your hummingbirds, this may take a few days before they view you as part of the scenery, but it's worth it when they do.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 07:45 AM

Kris -- yeah, what Heather said. It also helps if:
1) you've got sugar water
2) it's in something bright red

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 07:59 AM

I gave up on putting out multi-port Hummer feeders because the dominatant female chases off everybody else -- including non-hummers.

I have yet to persuade the little thing to feed from my hand, but she definitely regards me as part of the scenery: every time I go to change the feeder, I'm dive-bombed, and I can sit in the garden and drink my tea while my "girl" sips at the sweet peas 6" off my right ear.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 08:01 AM

Fantastic photos. I'd be very interested to know what kind of camera were used for those. My father, formerly a professional photographer, captured some truly amazing shots of hummingbirds in our backyard, and these look quite similar to what he was able to get.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 08:07 AM

Really good pictures, I love hummingbirds!

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 08:14 AM

That would take more patience than I could handle :D

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 08:32 AM

Magic!!! Thanks. :):)

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 08:42 AM

Wow, their wings almost can't be seen. Goes to show how fast they're flapping 'em.

Anyways, I really love such sweet and tiny elegant creatures. They seem so fragile.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 09:20 AM

These are so beautiful! Magical, indeed.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 09:28 AM

I like your Post-It idea even better—good one!

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 09:30 AM

Oh, and Crap, I think you're right it WAS Cinderelly, not Snow White... dameet!

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 09:32 AM

WOW! Fabulous photos - fantastic subject :) Totally made my day!

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 09:48 AM

How did you ever accomplish this??????

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 09:58 AM

I've never seen a hummingbird with its beak open before. That alone is crazy to me.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 09:59 AM

...adding to the how to attract hummingbirds to yourself part of the convo: wear a red hat - you'll be the victim of a hummingbird stampede (flypede?).

My first encounter with a hummingbird was a little scawy. I was having lunch and it kept hovering around my red hatted head. Being a newbie arrival in Canada I had no idea that there were hummingbirds and being Australia associate anything that large with insectastic terror. I was busily trying to swat it until my arms were pinned to my side and my folly explained.

 |  Oct 08, 2006 at 10:17 AM

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