This is the final sketch drawn & painted in my workshop last Thursday.
A Bird of Paradise...right there in front of me!
What a joy to find her...she took my artistic breath away!
Bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is a dramatic plant
with distinctive iridescent orange and midnight blue flowers
that resemble an exotic bird peeking out from the broad leaves.
It blooms in autumn, winter and spring.
This flower is often associated with tropical places,
but the plant is actually native to South Africa.
It grows wild in the eastern Cape
where it is an important nectar source for birds.
In the United States
it is widely used as an ornamental in Southern California and Florida
It is the official flower of the City of Los Angeles.
It is also commonly used as a cut flower in the florist trade.
(my resource for above info)
This is the first time I ever saw one in a natural habitat.
I can only imagine the stunning beauty of seeing them
growing wild in South Africa.
Ahhh...again Mother Nature surely outdoes herself doesn't she?!
No philosphical quotation today...just a bit of Bird of Paradise fun!
The holidays are coming...so check this out...
Learn how to fold a napkin like a bird of paradise! Click right here!
(btw...This one's in your honor Soulbrush!)