'Gathering Lehua' Giclee
In this image the 'i'iwi bird, a Hawaiian honeycreeper, and honeybees gather nectar from the brushy lehua flower of the 'ohi'a tree. Lehua honey, a favorite with Hawaii residents, is beautiful creamy white with a delicate flavor that crystallizes into a solid form.
Historically the 'ohia is Hawaii's most abundant tree, found in many ecosystems, and is essential to the well-being and integrity of native forest ecosystems. 'Ohia are polymorphic. They grow in a variety of forms and ecosystems, and they exhibit great genetic diversity. The flowers range from orange, yellow, pink and red.
This image depicts the full range of development of the lehua flower bud, blossom, the seed capsule dispersing the tiny seeds in the wind and the dried empty seed capsule. The female worker bees are shown flying to the flowers and then leaving after gathering nectar, with a full load of pollen attached to their legs, returning to the hive to deposit these goodies.
Part of the Hawaiian Honeybee Woodcut Print Series designed exclusively for Big Island Bees by award-winning artist Andrea Pro.
Image Dimensions: 15" x 12"
Digital Reproduction printed with archival ink and paper
These reproductions (giclees) of Andrea’s original art are printed with the highest quality archival inks on beautiful paper, and will last a lifetime when framed with UV protected glass and displayed away from direct sunlight.
About the Artist
Andrea Pro is an artist on the Island of Hawaii whose passion for preserving native Hawaiian plant and bird species inspires her handcrafted woodblock art. Her beautiful original woodblock prints convey the essence of a special part of Hawaii that often goes unnoticed. To learn more about Andrea and see more of her art visit www.andreapro.com.