I don't see how Ludwig Mies van der Rome, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Ieoh Ming Peri, Zaha Hadid, oreven Gaudi could improve on the design and execution of this structure.
I was out to plant a flat of Edraianthus serbicus and a few Lewisia pygmaea when I found this bird nest cradled in the branches of some potted Japanese maples. Just another nest I thought, brought down by the recent wind. And yes, it probably is just another ordinary nest designed and constructed by ordinary birds in their ordinary way, but, I was amazed at the complexity and refinement entailed in this nest. I would love to see a time-lapse recording of the bird(s) weaving together the hundreds and hundreds of strands of grass and twigs and twine into such a symmetrical construction, a physical symphony. This nest is oval, most I find are circular. But more amazing to me is that after constructing the nest they lined the interior with mud, and it is as smooth and finished and blemish-free as any mud-slinging interior decorator could wish. The only thing missing is a mural by the bird equivalent of Diego Rivera, or a couple of framed insects pinned to the wall to give it that 'homey' touch.
And, just to finish the job they covered the bottom of the nest with a pillow of soft vegetation.
I stand in awe, again, of all that the natural world was, is, and will continue to be.
We do not need, and never have needed, most of the things we are led to believe we do.
Well, here you are, at the cyber home of, among others, Trout Creek Press, The Dog River Review, and the depository for the Uncollected Papers of F. S. Whinkla. You will find a variety of unrelated ramblings, musings, dreamscapes, and outspoken tirades from myself as well, though I will endeavor to keep these to a minimum.
Why a WEB page in the first place I heard myself ask? Ego, vanity, all the usual, self-centered reasons. But also because I believe everything (well perhaps I exaggerate a little) is important, and therefore has meaning, albeit, sometimes unknown to us. And, because it might be important, someday, to someone, somewhere, I try to write it down. for as the queen in the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland said, “Write that down, it might be important!” And as the King said, in the book, “If there’s no meaning in it that saves a world of trouble, you know, as we needn’t try to find any.”
I am totally ignorant of how these things (WEB sites) work and expect that if I decide to continue there will be many changes, especially in the next few months - I beg your indulgence.