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Italy Impression I - My Watercolor of Venice

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“This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty - this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.”

I am not sure who wrote it, but I felt the same when I was there.  There are some my watercolor paintings to express the beauty of Venice:






Here is link for viewing my watercolor gallery: http://xueling-zou.artistwebsites.com/art/all/watercolors/all?page=2

My Hummingbird Neighbors III - An Awarded Single Mother

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Nature is really full of mysteries. After finding the first abandoned nest, I thought that the mother hummingbird was inexperienced. But who knew this tiny bird could be so smart, to raise babies as a single mother, she started building a second nest nearby. I had no idea how or if this mother hummingbird moved her two coffee bean size eggs to that second home, after she experienced that the first location did not work out for them.

I missed the beginning of the eggs being hatched. But now, I could see baby hummingbirds only slept and ate, and grow fast each day. One baby was bigger than the other one, I think it is a male from the eye expression. The other one looked like a girl. The mother hummingbird always fed him first. They had their own priority I believe. The half walnut size nest was getting so crowded, sometimes the two babies laid on top each other.

Taking care of two babies as a single mother was not an easy job, I could see the mother hummingbird was getting slimmer by th…