Hummingbird and Honeysuckle
"I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don't they try to understand the singing of birds?
People love the night, a flower, everything that surrounds them without trying to understand them.
But painting - that they must understand."
- Pablo Picasso
"Different people have different duties assigned to them by Nature;
Nature has given one the power or the desire to do this, the other that. Each bird must sing with his own throat."
This week is for the birds. That's right. The next few photos will be of birds. Hopefully I will remember there is a theme in the works. Good thing it's in writing.
It would be wrong of me to lead you to believe that the picture above is a glorious capture of a hummingbid in flight, enjoying a honeysuckle flower. While those are the subjects, this is one image made up of two separate photographs.
One of the neatest pictures I never took was of a hummingbird. I was near my dad's house taking pictures of a butterfly on a lone and tall thistle flower. Quite content I was. Click. Click. Click, Then a hummingbird suddenly appeared. [Hummingbirds never slowly appear.] The butterfly and hummingbird were both enjoying the thistle flower at the same time. Wow! How cool is this!?. Oh - I should take their pictu... The hummingbird was gone.
This must be why we have memories. 'Cause we don't always have a camera. And even if we do, sometimes it's just more fun to enjoy the moment. Sounds like a great excuse from the person who missed taking a potentially awesome photograph. Have ya ever noticed how the pictures we miss taking were always going to be the best ever?
I like Pablo Picasso's quote above. You can just feel his frustration from hearing everyone else's views and questions of his work. I'm sure every artist must think, "I paint. You enjoy." Seems simple enough.
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