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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Far From Ordinary

It looks to be made mostly of thin strips of birch bark. But there are bits of blue speckled paper, adding a subtle decorative touch. Who lived here? Who worked so hard to create this small treasure to rear their young in? Will they be back this spring? Or do they start from scratch each and every season? Are they born knowing how to weave?

Remember the first time you held yarn in one hand, a crochet hook in the other and chained your first chain. Think about that first awkward casting on to knitting needles or your attempt to knit the first row. Yarn too tight, yarn too loose, needles stabbing fiber, the air and you. Now imagine doing it all while hovering in the air, wings beating, a shred of birch bark between your lips.

4 comments:

Sue said...

We had a weaver who built a nest in our garden. It took her weeks and weeks and in the end left it uninhabited. Although it's been hanging in the tree over our pool for months and it's slowly starting to fall apart, I don't think anyone's got the heart to tear it down and chuck it out!

dancingmorganmouse said...

That's beautiful, I hope they come back in the spring and use it again, it would be a shame to waste such a work of art.

Nana Fi said...

I hope they return and just renovate then it wont be so much work! I have watched a weaver build a nest from scratch at a caravan park we used to visit. It is just amazing how clever they are. Fiona

Pink Granite said...

Hi All -
It's so nice that this lovely nest is appreciated by so many, both for the enormity of effort required to build it and for its intrinsic beauty!
;o)
- Lee