More Thirsty Tui enjoying a winter delicacy
More hungry Tui feeding on a man made offering





I WAS THIRSTY – Tui flight canvas print


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I WAS THIRSTY –  And you gave me a drink  – Thirst and character 2 Tui flight photo art


Thirst and character
You gave me a drink
Gives to others


What a delight to capture these images. Tui flight photo art

As with “Thirst and Character 1” a bowl of sugared water was placed in the Tui’s flight path on my friend Barrie’s back verandah bird feeding station.

Within a short period, one Tui discovered the delight and before we knew it multiple Tui flew into the feeding frenzy. So many photos to choose from.

I set the camera with a 200mm lens and a 1.4 converter.

Tui always seems primed for action. This was a magical moment as we eyed each other and they, like me, were probably wondering “What will the next move be?”

This was winter with its usual shortage of nectar and berries making their hunger more intensified. They needed a new energy source.

The Parable

The intelligence and communication of these birds, and discovering their delicacy inspired me to consider a proverb in relationship to feeding others and the animal kingdoms’ hierarchy.

Within the knowledge of feeding and drinking, we need the wisdom to know what choice is right. We don’t want poison, hence intelligence.

Tui does not know how to mix the delicacy as we do. I knew how to offer free pleasure. They had to discover it. One family member tasted and led the rest to the feast.

Knowing when you’re thirsty and hungry you find food to satisfy your need. Your hunger drives you to search and satisfy a wish.

My thoughts

These thoughts came from my readings in “The Bible – God’s Constitution on Earth”. The Bible talks about being diligent in persistence, the glory of being, food for the stomach and food for the spirit (healthy and poisonous), being leaders and being led, testing what you eat, and the consequences associated with what you eat.

This family of Tui (New Zealand native bird) found their energy, purposefulness, and knowledge to know where good food is. The food was free and Tui didn’t care they just indulged. The only work they had to do was listen to the first responder call and fly to the offering of a free drink. God is like that. To receive from Him knowingly you need only discover where the offering is and feed as you listen. It’s a free offering made by someone else who cares and to receive you let your thirst take you to the bowl of living water on offer.

This principle is found in all creation, be it feeding on the good which gives life or evil which brings death. Tui flight photo art

Any enthusiast discovering something with pleasure will lead willing partakers to indulge in the same feast.

The principles of leadership

This story has inspiration for the business, branding design, community ideas, friends’ advice to find a spouse, etc. The inspiration behind the ideas is to motivate a person’s thoughts.

A leader inspires others to come and drink or points the way to drink. The receiver takes inspiration from the dream and partakes in their discovery.

When an enthusiast discovers something they find pleasure in they will then lead willing partakers to indulge whether it is politics in New York, business in Tokyo, sport in London, history in Milan, oil drilling in Dubai, a beautiful day at the beach in Australia or a born again experience to meet the God of heaven on earth in Jesus.

Note: Not all leaders lead to life. In this case, one Tui was a good leader!

Maori art symbolism and spiritual language in art

The Mangopare Shark in the Maori world symbolizes natural abundance, strength, agility, and determination.

These predator’s functions (symbolized in the Koru pattern as a backbone) were respected. Maori warriors sought to emulate them on the battlefield to meet their goals.

The wave motion in the design is symbolic of the backbone movement generating forward motion toward the desired prey. Finding true knowledge and wisely applying it leads to a desire fulfilled.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” Matthew 25:35 (NIV)



Please ask about the price and sizes.

Unframed sizes | 960 x short side – $1150  |  650 x short side – $925
Printed on long-life archival canvas and protected with two coats of UV archival protection spray.
* Stretch-mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.

Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $145  |  420 x short side – $95
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.


Multiple images photographed with a Canon 5D and 7D, color-enhanced digital illustration created on an iMac in Photoshop CC. Printed on fine-weave, primed canvas for long-life integrity. Stretch mounted proudly on and protected with UV varnish.


Images from “I Was Thirsty”  will be exhibited on multiple product lines at Fine Art America

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