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Thursday, April 5, 2012


 An abandoned nest.
It was in our forsythia shrub late last summer.

The eggs are real and came from another nest belonging to a friend. 
The mother laid them in the top of a hanging basket in 100 degree weather and they cooked.

This nest is humongous and will not fit under any of my cloches. 
I am fascinated, charmed, and delighted by it's intricacy.
 Once again the birds catch my interest and hold it.


These images were edited in PicMonkey and I am thrilled that it is so similar to Picnik.
 I understand it is being developed by the same folks. It has Cross Process effect which I used frequently in Picnik. PicMonkey has basic editing on it's first page such as resize, sharpen, exposure, and crop. It also has numerous fonts for watermarking. More on PicMonkey and Cross Process  in my next post
 It is Mac compatible.

Linking at Wow Us Wednesday's.

joy and peace


  1. Nests are just fascinating. I have been watching sparrows build a nest by my patio and it's so cute how they do it little by little. Sad that these eggs never had a chance.

    Thanks for the tip on Picmonkey, I will have to check it out.

    Happy Easter, Olive!


  2. Isn't it amazing how the birds can make such intricate nests?! Each one a little miracle. Thanks for the shout-out on Picmonkey. I will have to take a peek! Hope you and your lovely family have a happy and blessed Easter.

  3. I too am so amazed by how our feathered friends "Feather their Nests"...AND I like to collect the ones NOT IN USE too! That is a FINE SPECIMEN and the little eggs look SO CUTE in there! PERHAPS you can find a HUGE JAR(maybe from Costco)! Pickles maybe? You can glass cup the bottom off and make your OWN CLOCHE! OR a wine jug??? ANYWAY, "I LOVE IT"!!!
    Happy Easter to you,
    Big Bunny Hugs,

  4. Oh Olive,
    I'm so sad about the eggs ...... I always remember walking to school ( many, many, many years ago !!!! haha) and often seeing an egg that had fallen out of the nest. I always felt sad for the mother bird !
    Nests are such a work of art, aren't they ? So intricate and very time consuming.
    Beautiful photographs Olive.
    Oh, and a very happy and peaceful Easter to you, Joe and your family. Have a lovely time. XXXX

  5. It is fascinating how birds can build their nests. Your found a great one there.
    Thanks for the info on PicMonkey. I will have to check it out.
    Happy Easter to you and your family.

  6. Now that is a beautiful nest! I collected abandoned nest from our trees too but nothing like the one you have. We have a bird that has laid eggs in our driveway....we're trying to figure out what kind of bird it is. I'll have to try and get a picture. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter Olive, Gail

  7. Olive I see you and Joe now have a "Nest-Egg"...
    Wonderfully Wild & Woody...
    HaPPy Easter!*!*!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

  8. HOLY COW....that nest IS amazing. Just think...little tiny birds built that. it always blows my mind how beautiful the nests can be. This is probably the prettiest one I've ever seen.
    When I was little, I always wanted a bird nest. My mother would say "Nooooo, there's mites in those nests and they will get all over the house" I wonder if that was just an old wives tale??

  9. That is one gorgeous nest! I, too, collect nests when I can find them. How the birds weave things together in such an intricate fashion amazes me.


  10. Real nests are amazing. Love to see the detailing that the birds create. Great photos!
    Mary Alice

  11. I can't wait for your post on Pikmonkey. I haven't tried them yet...but your photos look great. Happy Easter!

  12. That is a very nice nest. I hope to find more this year.

  13. I love birds nests too. They are so interesting to look at. Your yard is looking so can tell you work in it a lot. Happy Spring Ya'll from Houston!

  14. I found a nest this AM while I was out trimming a HUGE bush!
    It was abandoned so I carefully plucked it out of the branches.
    I need to post it!!
    Happy Easter, my GA friend!!

  15. That's really a sturdy nest - have any idea what kind of bird built it?
    My cockatiel is sitting on four unfertilized eggs. She doesn't want nesting materials and won't go in a nesting box. But I leave them in the cage so she won't keep laying (not healthy for her). kinda sad. xo

  16. I love birds nests too Olive, that one is beautiful... Nature is so fascinating... people who do not take the time to appreciate the beauty Nature has to offer are missing out on sooo much... Happy Easter to you my friend, xoxo Julie Marie

  17. Beautiful! I do hope we can unearth some of this beauty when we clean up mama and daddy's yard. Got out work cut out for us this weekend.

  18. I've got to try PicMonkey. I know Claudia loves it. Bird's nests remind me of spider webs in their intricacy.

  19. Gorgeous shots, Olive! I, too, am endlessly fascinated by all things avian. Thanks for the recommendation of PicMonkey...I'm off to give it a try. Have a wonderful Easter weekend...:)

  20. What a cool, cool, cool nest....I am not sure I would keep the eggs - but I have strange squeemishnesses.

  21. I'll have to check out PicMonkey. Great nest and yes it is fascinating.

  22. Love the nest, I have had a little dabble with PicMonkey but not explored it's full potential yet, I have no idea what Cross Process even is! Have a peaceful Easter Weeekend.

  23. Hi Olive, I think the nest is awesome. We had a nest made in the floral arrangement I had on the door last summer. I left there just in case the birdies decided to "come home". So far they haven't. Thanks for talking about PicMonkey.
    Hope you are having a great week.

    the French Hutch

  24. Love the nest! I have a robin who made a nest on the porch just outside my kitchen window and I look forward to seeing what she is up to every single morning!!!! I love hearing her sing and seeing her tend to her sweet :o)

  25. It is huge, Olive, especially compared to the size of the eggs! It is amazing to look at these up close and see how intricate and well put together they are.

  26. So neat! I would love to have some of these for my screen porch.


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