Archive for August, 2008

The Post – The Architectural Genius of Birds

August 1, 2008

A friend of mine brought a bird’s next to meditation class last week, and at least to me, it was just amazing. The solidity of the construction stood out, with the intricately woven twigs, sticks, and grass, cemented in place with mud mortar. I loved how two or three main twigs formed it’s skeleton, their ribs showing through the mud walls of the nest here and there. And the patience it must take to thread grass and weeds and twigs together and in and out and through….using only a beak. I have two perfectly functioning hands and 10 good fingers and I can’t weave that well. So as a tool for our nature meditation that night, this bird’s nest was a treasure.

She was kind enough to let me borrow it and bring it home to photograph. At some point I’ll use this nest in an oil painting. But for now, my gift to all – the beauty of a bird’s nest: