segment: birds of paradise


Strelitzia reginae flower is often called the Bird-of-Paradise flower due to its similarity to Paradisaea raggiana (a bird belonging to bird-of-paradise family).

From Strelitzia reginae Redouté, P.J., Les Liliacées, vol. 2: t. 78 (1805-1816) and “Red Plumed (Count Raggi’s Bird of Paradise). Paradisaeidae Apolla Raggiana” by Raymond Harris Ching. 


I turned around this morning and was struck with how wonderful my studio is. I’ve worked to make it into a place of inspiration and wonder for the natural world…even when it’s kinda messy, like it is right now haha.

The first two photos are candid shots from this morning. I have books, specimens, and art supplies strewn about right now, and could certainly use some straightening up.

The second photo is an artsy arrangement from when I got my nautilus shell from @tylerthrasherart. What a stunning work of art, thank you so much. The hummingbird is an antique study (or cabinet) skin of a sapphire vented puffleg hummingbird. The skeleton sketch is of a pacific moonfish from

Final shot is from last week as I worked on drawing birds and dinosaurs, which turned into a hybrid creature for an assignment. I’ll post that and more art soon, I’m so behind!! The study skin is a magnificent bird of paradise, not in the best shape, but not bad for being almost 150 years old!