Keepers of Magic 20 x24 Collage on canvas

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Keepers of signed this morning, so it is finished. Monarch butterflies and Ruby-throated hummingbirds are common to my backyard. They embody power and magic.

It is amazing to think that hummingbirds can flap their wings at about 70 times per second. Hummingbird's wings will beat up to 200 times per second when diving. They are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards. Hummingbirds can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down. A hummingbird can fly an average of 25-30 miles per hour. They can even dive up to 60 miles per hour. A hummingbird's wings will rotate in a full circle. Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds have been known to travel 500 miles over the Gulf of Mexico to breeding grounds. It is estimated that a Ruby -throated hummingbirds takes about twenty (20) hours to fly across the Gulf of Mexico. In Native culture they are the sign of love and harmony. I treat my hummers with the utmost respect.

Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate that is 2,500 miles away each year, usually Mexico. If you ever found their chysalis, it is pale green edged in gold. It is called "the king of the butterflies". For the ancient Greeks, the transformation of Butterfly from pupa to adult was a metaphor of the soul's resurrection and immortality. In fact, the ancient Greek word for butterfly is a word which also means "soul" or "mind." Native Americans embroidered Butterflies onto their children's caps to bring sweet dreams.

Both of these creatures have a special place in my heart. My squiggle writing is a hidden message about them.


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