Hummingbirds, of course, are simply an impossibility. Not just their abilities to fly and their coloration but also their tongue, something that wraps around the inside of their skull it is so long.
Why the long tongue? To reach into places where others cannot, including jewelweed, another impossibility. This “weed” is a primary food source for the hummingbird and the two have worked it all out over the millenia: the plant tucks its nectar deep down inside the flower in a place that—guess what?—requires a long tongue to reach!
Every morning lately I’ve enjoyed watching one or two hummers going from one jewelweed flower to the another, clearly putting on calories for the long migration to southern Mexico or Central America in a couple weeks.
Another aspect of jewelweed that delights me is the way the seed pods, when ripe, explode upon touch. Walking through a patch of this plant sends a fusillade of seeds flying in all directions.
I’ve learned to look at these kinds of things—flying seeds and humming birds—as obvious examples of the impossible. In fact, all of life is pretty much that way when I really stop to take a look! In a world overflowing with news and fake news it is a great way to start the day seeing that amazing bird dipping into that impossibly beautiful flower.