Monday, April 26, 2010

inspiration monday

today i'm taking inspiration from a sweet little hummingbird named phoebe. she's a non-migratory channel island allens species and lives in orange county, california. for the past week, i've been watching her (via live webcam on ustream) build this gorgeous nest using lichen, plant materials and spider webs......and while phoebe has been working on this strictly for function, my artist eye sees the yummy texture and gorgeous colors that she's instinctively used to finish her masterpiece. and speaking of masterpiece.....what about phoebe herself?! only God could paint such an absolute beauty!


and now that phoebe has finished the nest, here are her true treasures.....two precious little eggs.....sized somewhere between a jelly bean and a tic-tac!! and don't you know that when they hatch they'll be absolutely adorable!!!

you can watch phoebe on the live webcam over at ustream here.
but be careful.....if you're like me, you'll be hooked in no time....
and believe me, you can spend hours watching her!!


32 comments:

rachel awes said...

i love phoebe & her sweet yellow eggs & woven nest! what a beautiful creation! thanks for a little heartsong/birdbach. xo

CelticWoman said...

wow, talk about miracles, this is enchanting, thanks so much for sharing. Hugs

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Elvie.. thank you for posting this.. I really needed it today.. and the colors in that first pic of yours really inspire me....

debi said...

I love hummingbirds, I have some and always wanted to find a nest, never have! Thanks for sharing, of course, now I'm hooked!

Gina Lee Kim said...

OMG....I'm watching her right now!

Sara said...

Such a perfect little nest. Wonderful monday inspiration... especially for this cold and dreary day here in Ohio! yuck!

T.L. Holmes said...

Precious! And oh-so-lovely! Thanks for sharing :)

Patty S said...

that is SO NEAT! she is beautiful! and it's amazing how tiny the eggs are. :-)

Pat said...

Thanks for sharing...I love little hummers! We have a ways to go before they migrate her to MD but we are anxiously awaiting their arrival>

Lisa Holtzman said...

How beautiful is that! I've gotta go watch Phoebe now. Oh, and that nest looks so soft and warm. Thanks Lori.

Kim Hambric said...

I'm going to have to watch Phoebe with my daughter. Thanks for sharing this!

Diva Kreszl said...

this is just so precious, thanks for sharing it with us!

Ophelia said...

What great photos!!

Mary said...

oh my gosh, I love this!!!!
now I'll really never get the clothes put away.

Creative Potential said...

what an amazing work of art!
...so easy to take for granted all that is going on around us.

Createology said...

Phoebe is enchanting and I admire her beautiful nest and eggs. What a miracle of nature. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie said...

Isn't God amazing?! I'm watching little Phoebe right now...

Renee Troy said...

What can I say...this is God's work!

Becky Shander said...

How amazing it is that we can observe nature unfold like this. Thanks for sharing these incredible photos and link!

WingingIt said...

phoebe is gorgeous...we had a hummingbird nest in our oleander tree last year....local papers came and photographed her for all to enjoy...i never named her....but if i could name her today...it would be JOY!
thanks for birthday wishes....it was a great day!
much loving to you

Elena said...

Oh how Awesome! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful gift of nature.

Ellie said...

What a wonderful link! The hummingbirds came back to NC this weekend! I love hearing them tweet to each other and bob and weave around the feeder. Thanks for sharing! I love watching them;
I was sad when I was in Hawaii, they
don't live there, all the gorgeous
blooms and no hummers~

Lancerika said...

Hi Elvie..I'm in love
with phoebe♥just
too adorable!
perfect nature's artwork!

Beedeebabee said...

She's a little beauty, and a very artsy nest builder as well! I'm going to take a little peek. Great inspiration, that Phoebe! Thanks for sharing this, Sweetie! xoxo Paulette...I JUST noticed your new banner!...I LOVE IT, IT'S SOOO YOU!!! ;)

Silke said...

OMG, isn't that the cutest ever! You've gotten me hooked! I am with you on the nest - a piece of art!! Love, Silke

Linda Pruitt said...

Awesome pictures! There is a nest at my moms house that she watches every year! It's just outside her dining room window. Great fun!

Linda said...

Oh Lori, This is sooooo sweet. Thanks for sharing and posting the link. I love it, and I'm hooked. lol. Have a great day.

Linda E.

Felt Sew Good said...

Wow! Phoebe and her nest are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing this. I'm already hooked!

vicki said...

I Love your beautiful blog - and I am in crazy love with the little hummingbird! Thanks for sharing this!

Vicki

chrissy said...

how in the world did i get soooo far behind in life that i didn.t even know the story of dear phoebe and her matronly ways!
hummingbirds are my FAVORITE!
i am off to peek into her nest right this instant.
(ok, so that is probably stretching it a bit, first i am going to read the other two posts above this one that i am behind on...)
did i see chocolate?
thank you so much for sharing.
as always you are a joy spreader!
(kinda like a fertilizer spreader only WAY better)
yep,
that.s
you!
xoxo
c

vicki said...

Lori - I love little phoebe so much thatI wanted to share her story with my readers. I created a little post about her and also created a link to your blog because you introduced here to me! I hope you don't mind~~~. YOur blog is so interesting and I do so love to visit here!

Vicki

Jane Farr said...

Great post Lori! I'm still waiting for our hummingbirds to return....

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