Bird’s nests, nests in general, are objects of creative and ingenious beauty. Utility. Hope.
Just the word, nest, conjures up all kinds of thoughts, visions, and apparitions. Safety, sanctuary, comfort, refuge..…shelter from the storm. And now, during these unforeseen times, our own nests have become more relevant, more essential to our daily lives.
After much testing, I decided to photograph these nests in a field of backlit white, isolating them in a world of no distractions. I spent considerable time with each one. Things that appear simple are often not so.
I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I have enjoyed photographing them.
Hummingbird nests are extraordinary creations. This nest is built with lichen, grasses, moss, feathers, bits of wool, soft plant fibers and leaves. It is held together with grass, fine roots and spider silk. It is tiny, as you can imagine. The time from initial construction to the maturing birds leaving home is 5 - 8 weeks.