As I have said before, I love hummingbirds and I miss them here in Hawaii. They are so tiny yet have so much energy and personality! This pair looks like the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, but they are actually Broadtailed Hummingbirds. A big difference is obviously the tails and also the female has bronze-green spots running down her throat and rust-colored belly feathers.
When my mom was in town, we were talking about the hummingbirds that play outside my childhood home. She reminded me of the Fuschia flowers that dangle from pots hooked to the overhang. Mom said something like, "Those hummingbirds love the Fuschia. You know which plants I'm talking about? The ones that I have in the hanging pots outside?" And immediately I forgot about the hummingbirds and remembered how I used to go out there with my twin brother and pop the buds before they bloomed. Now I look back and feel bad for the poor plants that we unknowingly tortured. For me, it was like popping nature's bubblewrap and that kind of simple pleasure never gets old!
Big THANKS! to Johanna for commissioning "Lucky Boy" :) He's drying a bit until I can varnish and then we will be sending him home for your birthday!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.