Sometimes I like to be alone and have some peace and quiet. But then I get bored and would rather be with my hubby or a friend. In the case of these two Leiothrixes, two is always better than one. They have each other to spend the day with and two pineapples to quench both thirst and hunger. Plus those ripe pineapples sure smell good! Now that I think about it more, peace and quiet is way overrated… Now let’s open up one of the pines!
Way up in the tree, you can’t see me…
Oh wait, we can see them! It’s two mejiros, or Japanese White-Eyes. They blend in so well with the papayas! If it wasn’t for their bright white eye-rings, we would have missed them all together. But there they are, enjoying some shade from the fanning leaves of the papaya umbrella. The next task will be figuring out how to get down to those ripe papayas for an afternoon treat!
This painting was suggested by Iris at Wyland Beachwalk Waikiki and inspired by the little fruit stands on every island that seem to randomly sprout off the sides of gravelly roads. Of course I had to include all my most favorite fruits: avocados, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, coconuts, papayas, tomatoes, oranges and strawberries. If I had a few more baskets, I'd include lilikoi, lychee and some bags of roasted Kona coffee.
The cash register is open and ready for business. You could even pick up your fruit supplies after a stroll on the beach. I'm sure they have straws and a drill behind the counter make your coconut into a refreshing after-swim beverage. One of the simple joys in Hawaii!
My little yellow birds have found a wonderful birdhouse to raise a family. It is complete with fragrant plumerias outside and a safe room inside to keep those eggs warm. Although they had to travel far to find the perfect spot, they didn’t seem to mind. They know that home is not defined by what you have or how you decorate. Home is anywhere your love resides.
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.