is not a given
all though not always right
all is not lost
Thirty-odd nests have made their way to me over the years. They are not ‘stolen’ as I know birds like to return year after year to the same spot and use the existing structure and build on it-the less work for them the better!
No, they are nests that have been blown down by the fierce winds or abandoned, like the cardinals’ nest in this image.
a summer day
8x10in, oil & cold wax on canvas
words/image copyright Jan Yates 2014
The cardinals were nesting in a vine structure on the porch and one day the mother did not come back.
The heartbreak was in the Father. For weeks and weeks he would call for her, over and over through out the day, his frantic whistles painfully pleading for her return.
So I thought it fitting to make this on the porch. I’ve highlighted the nest, on the lower left, in the image below.