Every year I look forward to the spring when the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds begin their migration across the Gulf of Mexico to our little haven of woods southwest of Atlanta. With a wing beat of 60-80 beats per second, a feeder is nearly a must to capture a still shot of this fine specimen. Aztec warriors believed when they died, they reincarnated as hummingbirds because of their fierce nature. The majestic hummingbird is found only in the Americas. I’ll be sad to see them migrate back to Central America in the fall, but again look forward to their return in the spring; yet another reminder of the cyclical nature of life.

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Jesse Tanner lives in Newnan, Ga. with his wife and two children. He works in real estate and one of his hobbies is taking pictures of his family and the wildlife in his backyard. 

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