Art of the Day: Into the Yucca

Most of the bee shots on this site will focus on the bee – and really pay attention to the eye. In this case, though, the bee seems almost incidental. This one took – actually a false yucca or hummingbird yucca – five years to bloom, but wow…when it did, it was magnificent. Started sometime late May, I think, and went through the first few soft frosts…five or six ten-foot blooms stalks just going and going and going. When you look at the pic, notice that there are a few flowers open, a couple past their prime, and lots and lots of buds of various sizes. It’s really a magnificent plant. Look for a hummingbird on it soon as “art of the day”. They sure love this plant, too.

Also, this is obviously a thin vertical, too. I really need to develop my eye to shoot those. It’s often lots easier to find room on the wall for a long, thin, tall one than it is a square or traditional rectangle.

I’ve got this one in the gallery 20 x 48 on 1/8″acrylic in a white, custom frame for $445. It looks really good. And would make a good breaker box cover, too.

Art of the Day: Yucca Hummer

This isn’t really quite a yucca. It’s called a false yucca or a hummingbird yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora). Whatever the case, it looks like a yucca…but has been really reluctant to bloom. After five years, however, it sent up a bunch of bloom stalks in June and they persisted until the first, hard frost. Was really incredible and the bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators just loved it. Really hope it has its blooming figured out and will be a fixture from now on.

This is a super pic of a female calliope hummingbird enjoying an early morning in August of last year. Hummingbirds are really, really tough to catch in flight because they just have no respect for progress or direction. X, Y, Z axes are all in play all the time – so there’s really no predicting where they’ll go. And they sure don’t hold still for very long. Ever. This is a great grab, though, and she’s gorgeous as is the not-yucca.

Yucca Hummer

Any art you see on this site, you can usually get on any media (traditional, matted prints, on metal, on acrylic, on canvas, on foamcore, etc.) in any size (locally, I can go up to five by ten feet on acrylic and at least that large on foamcore). Some shots I’ve needed to crop so on those, I’ll advise going too big for the sake of resolution. And just because I make suggestions here and have some links to click to buy doesn’t mean those are the only options for purchase. Generally, I’ll suggest sizes and media that I like. But don’t feel bounded by those suggestions. Email me at to discuss options that might work for your space.

This one looks really good on both metal and acrylic. I recommend 15×23 acrylic with 1″ standoffs ($188, shipped), or metal with a French cleat for hanging at 11×14 ($134, shipped), 16×24 ($349, shipped), or 20×30 ($509, shipped).