I am a biologist and a naturalist.

I understand, at least on a basic level, how iridescence works.

I understand that it can be created structurally or through diffraction.

I understand that it is the inevitable result of light hitting a certain type of surface.

I understand that it is simply physics.

But I don’t care.

As I watched a male Anna’s Hummingbird turn his head toward me today, I could only think of one word to describe what I was seeing.



One thought on “Magic

  1. grrlscientist

    kevin, i think you should use this gif as a lead-in to a piece that describes the physics of iridescence. there are plenty of people out there who don;t understand how it works, but a hummingbird teaser combined with a cogent explanation will really stick in peoples' memories.



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