“When you are young, you study the masters for their techniques and style. But when you are older,
you study them for their emotion, feeling.”
~ Chiang Chao-Shen
Feeding my friend in Indiana some fresh carrots and apples!
It’s been a busy painting week, since we returned from our visit with family in Indiana. However, I have successfully carved out time each day to enjoy watching my feathered friends, and the teeny tiny ones have been most entertaining! We have at least four to five hummingbirds taking up residence in our yard currently, and it has been wonderful to observe their fascinating and funny antics up close. I came in and told Wes one evening this past week that I felt as if I had had a visit with and angel! While kneeling down and trimming the dead flowers and over growth off of my Petunias, one of the female hummers came and ate from the flowers mere inches from my face! I sat still in amazement and wonderment, as she hovered over each flower while drinking the nectar they offered. At times her wings almost brushed against my fingers she was so close, and she continued to do this for a couple of minutes much to my delight! When finished drinking she flew a few inches and landed on the rail, where she sat and watched me, before flying off.
On another afternoon, I was standing on the back porch by the rail, inches from the hanging Fuscia plant, and within no time, two hummers where there directly in front of my face while obviously having a disagreement, as they appeared to do a form of acrobatic karate in the air! Then one landed on the handrail right in front of me, with beak open and looking up while the other carried out assaults from above. My pleas to just be nice, and explanations that there was more than enough nectar for everyone, obviously fell on deaf ears, as they went on about this business until finally flying off. Needless to say our almost tame humming birds are a real treat this year, and each day I eagerly await what might be another amazing encounter with them! So enjoy these photos of them . . . well . . . resting.
One of the beautiful little females resting
. . . . . . and resting again
. . . . still resting
. . . Resting once more
Another interesting discovery this past week was a “baby Katydid”. I say baby, because it was in its nymph stage. Katydids go through three stages of development, being the egg, nymph and adult. Their egg is laid in the fall on plants or in the soil and they hatch in the spring. Once they hatch as a nymph, they look like an adult except without wings. The Katydid will then shed or molt its skin to grow. As an adult the beautiful, bright green insect will have developed its wings. The Katydid’s lifespan is about one year from egg to the end of adulthood. Anyway, it was certainly another very cool nature encounter I’d say!
What a pretty little baby!
Fresh off the Easel: I finished my painting of a Roundtail Ground Squirrel this past week. We photographed this little adorable squirrel while visiting the Saguaro National Park a few years ago. They were amazingly cute and great fun to watch! Wes finished his miniature painting of two Canada Geese enjoying their sunny spot by the water.
“Lil’ Roundtail Ground Squirrel” by Rachelle
3 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches
“Canada Geese Pondside” by Wes
2 x 3 inches
“Ruby-throated Hummingbird” by Rachelle
1 5/8 x 1 1/8 inches (Pendant)
~ Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~
EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, NV (Fifty of our miniature paintings are on display and available for purchase!)
6th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, IN
8th Annual Heartland Art Guild Miniatures Art Show at the Miami County Historical Museum, Paola, KS
To view all our many exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html
Until next time ~ Rachelle