Romeo & Juliet

A Dance in The Sky

When I first completed “Romeo” (upper left corner), I had drawn him falling backwards like the reference photo by Jalil El Harrar. I wanted to free-fall and trust whatever the universe had waiting for me. However, I soon realized he was positioned as such that I could easily flip him around in any direction, seen on my Instagram. It was through this discovery that I decided to illustrate “Juliet” (bottom right corner) to keep him company.

I chose this image by Randy Wei because I loved how elegantly he had captured Juliet’s elongated neck and outstretched wings. In the reference photo, she was sipping on nectar from a flower, but I made a mini adaptation for her and Romeo to gaze into each other’s eyes.

About Green Breasted Mangos

In reality, hummingbirds are not romantic or into sharing. They may tolerate each other, but from birdwatching, I found If they were this close to each other, a fight or chase would very likely ensue. I have written another article about them titled “Green Breasted Mango Hummingbirds: Tiny Gems”. Click here to read more.

About Randy Wei (female bottom right)

Randy is a passionate bird photographer during his time off work as an Industrial Designer. He’s fallen in love with photography because it allows him to appreciate the fine details captured in time, details he would have missed with the naked eye. He especially loves birds because they are full of surprises and are always doing something new. Through bird photography, Randy’s life has become enriched and balanced when immersed in learning about nature. His dream is to spend more time with birds, continue to share his photography, and to finish building his bird lodge in Costa Rica. Yes! That’s right! He is currently building one and I hope I get to visit! You can follow him on Instagram @randy_simplelife.

About Jalil El Harar (male upper left)

Jalil is another amazing photographer and I have come to wait for his new posts on Instagram! He currently lives in Costa Rica and holds photo-tours throughout the country. His deep sense of connection with birds, nature, and photography has guided him to move there from Germany. Please visit his website www.jalilelharrar.com or or follow him on Instagram @jalil_el-harrar if you are interested in any of his images or tours.


Materials used: Faber-Castell Polychromos on Strathmore Bristol Vellum 100lb paper (11x14 inches)

This image is not for sale. Please contact me for commissions if you are interested, or please visit my wildlife gallery. Thank you!

This image is not for sale. Please contact me for commissions if you are interested, or please visit my wildlife gallery. Thank you!

Mel Unger