“The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
Every artist has a critic – how often have you heard,”what is that supposed to be”?
While working on the hummingbird painting this fellow and his extended family kept perching on my easel. Their running commentary about my art work and the direction the painting was taking was a strong reminder of art critics the world over!
In summer I find it nearly impossible to work indoors and am fortunate to have a corner in the back yard to place my easel. It resembles working in a busy airport with constant bird and squirrel traffic.
Hummingbirds are one of the most delightful visitors and can be fairly inquisitive, but no birds are bolder than the Stellar’s Jay.
The element of air, the breath of life itself – out of this all things emerge.
Hummingbirds emerge from the field of infinite possibilities, they come and go in the blink of an eye!
Feisty and tenacious, covering vast distances, these little creatures are magical and very special. First the iridescent sparkle on their feathers then the determined buzz around your head when you approach their territory. Here is a creature who does not back down.
Changing direction in an instant like dolphins of the air, there is a playful quality to them. That playfulness hides a tenacious, powerful being that can fly more than 1300 miles without stopping.
Myths and legends abound around these birds and yet we continue to destroy their food sources and nesting sites. Their nests are so tiny that it is wise not to cut or trim shrubs and hedges in spring and early summer when they nest.
As a symbol of regeneration – the lesson we can learn from hummingbird is to be adaptable and strong as we seek to regenerate our lives and our world.