With the studio in the middle of our garden, it probably comes as no surprise that I take a lot of inspiration from what is going on in the natural world around us. Right now we are enjoying watching the baby hummingbirds mature in a nest in our orange tree.
Growing up in the Midwest, our voyeurism in the past had been focused on the ubiquitous robin and the little robins’ first flights. Fascinating to watch but old hat by now. Watching these little hummers is a new and fresh experience.
To give you a sense of scale, the nest is about 2 inches ( 5 cm) in diameter and those beaks are each about 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) long! Notice the size in comparison to the orange leaf to the right in the photo.
The nest is just ‘glued’ on in the middle of a branch – not nestled into a fork or some other form of arboreal structural reinforcement. Perhaps that is a result of all the nectar the adult hummingbird consumes while in the making. Don’t really know but, however it happened, it’s working like nature’s best Gorilla Glue!
If I get lucky and get to see the little ones take off from the nest, I’ll post an update. In the meantime, I’ll keep immortalizing the hummingbird on our ceramics. Happy Spring!