The hummingbirds are coming! For some inexplicable reason they arrive at my house here in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee precisely on April 16 each year. I have two feeders ready and am anxious to see some “hummer wars.”
For those uninitiated to hummer wars, I will explain. Hummingbirds are very territorial. One will defend a feeder and not let another hummingbird near it. Lots of humming and chasing goes on when another hummingbird approaches a feeder that has already been claimed. Fly-bys are frequent and could be dangerous! That’s one sharp, pointy beak they have!
To celebrate my love of these tiny, amazing creatures, I created a hummingbird from Smoky Mountain area autumn leaves that have been pressed and preserved. The white parts (no white leaves that I have found yet) are acid-free scrapbook stock. Leaves in the hummingbird shown are maples and sycamore. He is sitting on a “branch” made from a sumac leaf (non-poisonous variety).
This hummer graces a Frame Me! greeting card. The inside is blank for a personal message. It comes with a matching envelope and a clear plastic envelope encloses both to protect the delicate leaves. After giving to someone to celebrate a special occasion, the card will look beautiful framed and displayed.
See more cards and ornaments/suncatchers at http://smokymountainleafworks.com .