Thursday, January 29, 2009
As the days on the calendar pass from January to February Nature begins ever so slightly the prelude to the ritual of Spring. Besides the ongoing miracles that occur beneath the blanket of snow, the one I find most intriguing is nesting.
While each bird species has its own habits and arrangements of the place that is designed to keep eggs, nestlings warm and protected, the selection of the sight and the building of the nest is a wondrous curiosity.
The little wren and song sparrows' nests are the ones shown here. Each one a miracle of construction lined in layers of softness indigenous to its area.
At the end of each season when the nests lie abandoned I gather a few to bring indoors to share the beauty and harmony of Nature within my nest until the prelude begins anew.
Posted by Susan McShannon-Monteith at Thursday, January 29, 2009