Communing with Hummingbirds
|Feeling Fuchsia with a Touch of Purple, acrylic & tempera on canvas|
nature's cycle of life on my windowsill
one never tires to watch
magnificent colors of procreation
tear drop shapes hanging boldly
magentas, purples, deep reds
communing with hummingbirds
There are 110 known species of Fuchsia. Named after the German physician and botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566), the bright colors of the fuchsia plant attract hummingbirds (to pollinate them).
According to Trinity College Dublin, "Fuchs’ interest in realistic representations accorded with the Renaissance ideal of naturalism, but it also served a practical purpose – he wanted his book to be a reference for his medical students and fellow doctors. While the images were cutting-edge for their time, Fuchs was not as revolutionary in the text, and his description of each plant’s medicinal properties still draws largely on the writings of Greek and Roman authors such as Dioscorides, Galen and Pliny."
|Woodcut from Fuchs' book De Historia Stirpium |
Source: Glasgow University Library