Friday, September 4, 2009

True Bliss is...

I am so happy! Lots of precious bird's nest and nesty things have come into my life this week. I wonder if it is possible to actually be much more content? The first great bird thing to happen this week was the little, sweet nest my wonderful son found for me. I am not sure what sort of bird it is from but it is so delicate and small! I have seen one of these nests before that a teacher had found at the school. I really wanted it! but I was pleased that it would go into a class of young children so that they could learn about nests and hopefully grow to love birds as much as I do. That was about a month ago and everyday when I go past the spot it was found I think of that wonderful nest...so to have my own one?? Wowee! I was playing around with a photographic collage/still life idea and below is one of my attempts. I think this photo or one similar will end up as a collage image for real one of these days. Above: A wonderful nest, magnolia seed shells, Native Kowhai seed pods, small pinecones, moss on a stick. I actually have all these items on a bench near the kitchen so I can admire them:)
The second great bird thing to happen this week was the arrival of a parcel from a friend in Christchurch. She said she would send me some feathers...by some I thought she meant 10 or so...BUT what arrived was around 200!! No kidding! All sorts of duck and chicken feathers in wonderful colours. I photographed them of course and will post them later with the collage I did using a few of them. I was pretty happy by then, 2 great bird things in one week...but then guess what? Today while I was out taking photos of Tui's (and there were wax-eyes yesterday) and feeling really blissful. I found another nest! The Tui's put on the best show singing and chortling and flirting with each other (honestly, those boys sure know how to fluff a girl Tui's feathers....I was almost embarrassed!) and I was feeling super lucky to be allowed to watch. I wandered around for a bit and didn't notice the nest at first, the Tui's had my full attention but then something caught my eye....a thrush nest! And not just any ol nest but a nest with eggs!



My photography isn't wonderful ..but to be fair, not only were my hands shaking with excitement I was also perched (bad pun!) up the tree on skinny branches with my hair tangling in the twigs! I got such a buzz to see the nest. I'm sure that I can tweak them a bit when I get them printed and it will be all ok. I was going to see if I could take the nest home (usually I only collect fallen nests but this one seemed old at first) when I suddenly spotted 3 precious gems inside. Wow! At first I felt really bad.What if the mother bird didn't come back because of me? What if my fascination was going to come at a big cost to those not-yet-hatched birds? As I walked away half excited at my discovery and half filled with worry I said a quick prayer that this nest be blessed. I thought about it all morning but was so relieved to go back this avo and see the mother Thrush sitting in her nest. Wheeew! It was back to the excitement then!


What ever your bliss is, I hope that my happy vibes rub off onto you and your week is also filled with wonderful and inspiring things!



7 comments:

John said...

Wonderful post and the collage atop is most rewarding and staid (love its movement without being at all busy, great stuff.ing) ....what does this thrush look like...great photos of the nest...my very best.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I know the feeling, Lisa because last year I cam across a long tailed tits nest - it was so beautiful, so intricate and so clever that I still marvel at its
beauty. Glad you have had such a good week - I loved that first collage. It has never occurred to me to make a collage on the table top of all the things I like - I shall now try it.

Mick said...

Congrats on all of the nest, egg and bird finds. BTW - it's a myth that a mother bird won't return to the nest if a human has been near. :)

Anonymous said...

My new diet is to play sunset minature golf at jones beach and get eaten alive by salt marsh mouquitoes....love all your aliases mum.

notmassproduced said...

i so love ur beautiful banner and how cool that u are sooooo content. long may it last. nice post :o)

ArtPropelled said...

I love your still life with nest. It reminds me of a page in Gerald Durrell's beautiful book, The Amateur Naturilist.

Annie said...

Just love the enthusiasm that comes across in your post. Great to read! Love the shots. I remember seeing a nest on the class nature table when I was small. I SO wanted to find a nest in the woods. Never did. Lovely shots.