This red powder- puff-like burst is found on the ‘Ohi’a, tree common in Hawai’i, and the “Lehua” (this blossom) is the Big Island’s official flower. Hawaiian mythology claims that picking these flowers brings rain. California should look into this. These red blossoms are vivid from a distance and so inviting texturally, that if I were an island bird, I’d frequent these beauties—which is exactly what the ‘apapanes do. They provide the lovely songs mentioned in my previous post.
(3″ x 3″ pen & watercolor pencil on moleskine® sketch paper)
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