Sunday, April 09, 2006

Illustration Friday: Speed

When I first thought of speed I was sitting at work on a Friday, and I was amazed at how time virtually stood still between 2-4 p.m., as if some greater power was fussing with the speed of time to taunt me and get more work out of me.

It then occurred to me that for every second of those two hours a hummingbird could beat its wings for up to 200 beats a second. Amazing! I love the blur the wings create when they move, yet the hummingbird doesn't look tired (but it must be!!)

I've only seen hummingbirds on film, so I hope some day to see a live one. Until then, I raise my glass to the bird that hums.


Blogger Jan said...

Lovely hummingbird with speed of light wings super :)

11:48 AM  
Blogger disappointed said...

a wonderful example of speed - hummingbirds are so beautiful

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

Beautiful. I have been lucky enough to see many a humming bird and they are amazing.

11:59 AM  
Blogger sofia3r said...

beautiful humming bird! In portuguese we call it "colibri" and I think is a beautiful name too.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Lovely illustration - good blurred wings effect too! First time I saw a hummingbird I was amazed - hovering, flying backwards, etc. We have them all around our Live Oak trees here in Central California - they often buzz by when I'm outside - easier to hear than to catch a glimpse of!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This is so pretty! I've only seen one once; it was amazing. I hope you have the same opportunity someday. :0)

9:52 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

this is awesome, great job with showing those wing-a-beatin'

2:03 PM  

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