violet tailed sylphs and violet capped woodnymphs crimson topazes and purple

Violet tailed sylphs and violet capped woodnymphs

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violet-tailed sylphs and violet-capped woodnymphs, crimsontopazes and purple-crowned fairies, red-tailed comets andamethyst woodstars, rainbow-bearded thornbills andglittering-bellied emeralds, velvet-purple coronets andgolden-bellied star-frontlets, fiery-tailed awlbills and Andeanhillstars, spatuletails and pufflegs, each the most amazingthing you have never seen, each thunderous wild heart thesize of an infant’s fingernail, each mad heart silent, a brilliantmusic stilled.Hummingbirds, like all flying birds but more so, haveincredible enormous immense ferocious metabolisms. Todrive those metabolisms they have race-car hearts that eatoxygen at an eye-popping rate. Their hearts are built ofthinner, leaner fibers than ours. Their arteries are stiffer andmore taut. They have more mitochondria in their heartThe American Scholar: Joyas Voladoras - Brian Doyle2 of 512/3/18, 9:52 AM
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muscles—anything to gulp more oxygen. Their hearts arestripped to the skin for the war against gravity and inertia, themad search for food, the insane idea of flight. The price oftheir ambition is a life closer to death; they suffer more heartattacks and aneurysms and ruptures than any other livingcreature. It’s expensive to fly. You burn out. You fry themachine. You melt the engine. Every creature on earth hasapproximately two billion heartbeats to spend in a lifetime.You can spend them slowly, like a tortoise and live to be twohundred years old, or you can spend them fast, like ahummingbird, and live to be two years old.The biggest heart in the world is inside the blue whale. Itweighs more than seven tons. It’s as big as a room. Itisaroom, with four chambers. A child could walk around it, head
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