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Empty Nest

on July 17, 2013

Each of us at some point in time has hoped for that perfect (well, almost perfect) Kodak moment: the moment when the extraordinary appears right before our eyes. To have that happen to the novice of novice photographers is indeed PRICELESS!

I have seen pictures and watched videos of tiny baby hatchlings but NEVER experienced such a sight up close and personal. I spotted the bird nest as I was in the midst of completing yard work, specifically edging around one of the Crepe Myrtles in our front yard. My camera broke some months back and I was told it could not be repaired. So, I quickly ran into the house and grabbed my SmartPhone. (Don’t you just love the name of these newfangled phones!)

Needless to say, I knew the bird nest wasn’t going anywhere since it had already endured days upon days of wind and rain thus enough time to get Mr. SmartieSnap. Of course, I thought I was only getting a picture of a nest.

Here are the results:

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Occasionally in the outdoors
One discovers a bird nest
Fascinating in its craftsmanship
Where speckled eggs gently rest

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

 Collected mud, sticks or dried grass
Are readied for the begotten
Woven against a soft lining
Of fur, feathers, hair and cotton

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Intricacy of design
Built by two feet and a beak
Becomes nature’s protector
From that which predators seek

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Cradling of such a small nest
Rests in the crook of a branch
Simple but awe-inspiring
Like dawn at a Western ranch

Hatchling

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Tiny little hatchlings
Eager to fly on their own
Chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp
Letting their presence be known

Baby birds flop out of the nest
Landing abruptly on the ground
Mother bird stands close by watching
In case danger might be around

Baby_Bird1

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Baby_Bird2

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

Once grown, flying on their own
Mother knows she did her best
Does SHE now somberly mourn
Facing life with an empty nest?

Empty_Nest

© 2013, Sharla Lee Shults

©2013 catnipoflife

©catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

“Empty is a negative word. Replace it with peaceful, calm or relaxed.” —Joi Sigers (Author, b. 1978)

A little something extra from one much more professional than I. . .live and learn!

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14 responses to “Empty Nest

  1. […] Each of us at some point in time has hoped for that perfect (well, almost perfect) Kodak moment: the moment when the extraordinary appears right before our eyes. To have that happen to the novice of novice photographers is indeed PRICELESS! .  […]

  2. what an awesome discovery of Gods grace and magnitude how wonderful to experience this thank you for sharingSharla! 🙂

  3. Micki Peluso says:

    How wonderful to watch life evolving and capture it on film. So many times I tried to save a little one that’s fallen from it’s nest prematurely but it’s nearly impossible.

  4. Teepee12 says:

    Fantastic wonderful pictures! You’re headed for your next career as a wildlife photographer.

  5. Beautiful! Finding that bird nest was indeed a serendipitous moment! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Wonderful delight Sharla. What a boost it must have given to your day!

  7. Amazing footage. I wonder what a mother bird would do with a “re-nester” (a baby bird that wants to return to the nest)?

  8. Raani York says:

    This is amazing. I’m really stunned!! So beautiful!

  9. coastalmom says:

    Thank you for guiding me here! I had to laugh at the last pic! Seems like one of my baby birdies still has that open mouth concept of still expecting the mama bird to feed him! Metaphorically speaking at least! 😉

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