For others like me who suffer from Hummingbird Deprivation Syndrome during the winter, take heart! The Ruby-throated migration has reached the southern part of the United States. You can watch the migration progress at http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html. You can also record the date you spot your first hummer of the season on this page.
We've been traveling. We set up in Little Rock, AR, for a few days and again in Killeen, TX, for a few days. Right now we're sight-seeing in San Antonio before we head to the Dallas Arboretum for Artscape. We meet so many wonderful hummingbird enthusiasts! And in our travels we find new sources of inspiration as we comb through little back-road stores looking for glass items to use in my art.
We've not gotten accepted to a few shows we applied to. That is always disappointing. But we're excited to again be a part of Town Art Show in Leawood, Kansas, in June. This show was not held last year and we missed attending. There is a LOT of excellent art at this show. It's Father's Day Weekend and we encourage all in the Kansas City area to come out and browse.
I'm working on a couple of new items and so far I'm pleased with the results. I'm using larger glass items incorporated in copper art to make delightful birdbaths. And I'm also developing an intricate copper shepherd's crook on which to hang a feeder. So far, these have been received well. I'm anxious to get back to the studio as we have found some beautiful glass pieces in our travels that are begging to become garden art.
Hummingbird fact for today: Male hummingbirds migrate northward as much as three weeks earlier in the spring than females.