This is one of my favorite times of year! It's the time when local Ruby-throated hummingbird juveniles are out of the nest and moving around, and northern males are migrating through, fattening up on insects as they get ready for their long migration journey across the Gulf of Mexico.
All of this hummingbird watching stirs a deep love and enjoyment of hummingbirds and inspires art. Above you see one of my new sketches created this month. Along with two other images, it is included in a 4 x 5 inch, 9-card set of hummingbird note cards that are now available on my website: Vickie Henderson Art.
Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival sponsored by the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville. Visit by blog post on the festival and check out the T-shirts the volunteers are wearing! My male hummingbird study, created about this time last year, became the logo art for the festival and was printed on the festival T-shirts and the banner! (above)
To visit more hummingbird art on this blog visit: hummingbirds.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Join us at the Wonder of Hummingbird Festival tomorrow, August 24th and Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville Tennessee.
A fun, exciting event that will be filled with hummingbirds! Hummingbird banding with Mark Armstrong our very gentle Master Bander of songbirds and hummingbirds, expert speakers on several different nature subjects including bluebirds, hummingbirds, bears and wolves, vendors with plants and nature crafts, lots of food vendors and wildlife demonstrations! Great fun and education for the whole family!
Visit this link to get more information and complete directions: Wonder of Hummingbird Festival
To visit more hummingbird art on this blog visit: hummingbirds
Friday, August 9, 2013
Breeding season is coming to a close for hummingbirds in our area, except for a few late nesters. Lots of juveniles are visiting the feeders and hummingbirds from northern areas are starting to migrate. This is when activity at nectar feeders and in gardens becomes very busy and its also my favorite time to paint hummingbirds!
Below, a male hummingbird visits the black and blue blossoms. (Some varieties are the deep blue below, others look deep purple.)
Besides enjoying myself, I'm getting ready for the Wonder of Hummingbird Festival in Knoxville, TN, August 24th at Ijams Nature Center. We will be celebrating hummingbirds and their migration with Mark Armstrong, Master Bander, who will demonstrate how he bands hummingbirds so scientists can discover more about the health and behavior of the population.
Visit this link to find out more about the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival.
To see images of a hummingbird releasing pollin from a cardinal flower visit my post: Hummingbirds, Pollination and Knoxville's Hummingbird Festival
To see more about hummingbird banding visit this link.
Enjoy my attempt to sketch moving hummingbirds and to capture movement and light in watercolor in these hummingbird posts.