The Hornet and the Hummingbird

The other day I was staring out my window, fretting about civilization hurtling towards its violent death. As I ruminated, I saw an alarmingly large silhouette flitting among the blooms of a flowering tree. My mind went to the enormous hornets I saw in rural India, and I wondered what new terror had moved into my region. For several long seconds I watched it, straining to get a better look and wondering what precautions I might need to take if it hung around. Then it landed on a branch in clearer sight. My mind struggled a moment longer to identify the invader, before a sudden perceptual shift allowed me to really see it. It was a hummingbird.
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