Monday, May 25, 2009

Inspirational Monday: have a closer look...

I woke up Saturday morning and had the most brilliant surprise from Gayle at Planet M Files. It put me in quite a glorious mood. Thanks Gayle!

So, I'm going about my day, minding my own business, when what should I happen upon? My daughter discovers yet another wondrous aspect of Mother Nature.

Curiously, we climbed to a higher vantage point for a slight peek...tucked inside the top rung of a ladder was this nest with 4 new fledgling american robins. These robins return to the same spot each year to build their nest and raise their young. It is said that robins are monogamous only during the breeding season so presumably, the male picks up a new chick, I mean mate, each year. Must be nice. Hey, but then again, so does the female (wink).














We watched closely as the baby robins begged for food. Oh, the silent cry. We returned to our seat for the rest of the show.














Within minutes, Mama bird returns with the first course of their meal. She was a bit skeptical of us watching from a distance but once she decided we meant no harm, the feast was on.














The babies gobble up their seemingly tasty treat and immediately beg for more. Soon Papa bird returns with the second course. So glad I'm not a baby bird, and definitely even happier I'm not that earth worm.















After daddy flies away to hunt more delicacies, my daughter has another close look (but definitely no touching) before we return home to roost.

As if I needed yet another reason to be inspired by my daughter's love for Mother Nature. Her existence in my life challenges me to take a closer look and appreciate the small things around me.

*Happy Memorial Day!

*Inspirational Monday is hosted by vchelle at Operation You.
*Macro Monday is hosted by Lisa at Lisa's Chaos.

22 comments:

margie said...

she must have been so excited!! your photos are great.

vchelle said...

WOW!! This is sooo exciting to see this and sooo exciting that you were able to capture the photos of one of the special moments of life where the mamma/pappa takes care of the youngins! I can tell your daughter is fascinated! Love, love this...

Stephanie said...

Awesome!
It's not every day that you get to see that!!

Stephanie said...

Welcome to Growing Naturally!
Stephanie

Kamana said...

oooh!!! baby birds are so delightful, how awesome you were able to capture this :)

Sherry said...

How cool to be able to see them so up close and personal! :)

m. heart said...

fabulous photos! what a treat!

VALKYRIEN said...

How gorgeous they are! Wonderful shots of the little chickens crying for food! They are so sharp!
Lucky you, to see this great moment - and so great you had your camera!

elk said...

it amazes me to see these so close ~your daughter is getting a first hand look!

Tammie Lee said...

These are wonderful! Love the detail in the up close shots! So sweet that your daughter got to have a peak.

Darcel said...

That's great that you were able to get so close.
We have a lot of Robins around here. Maybe we'll get as lucky as you two did.

Wanda said...

Amazing! It will be wonderful fun to see them fledge.

sunnymama said...

What a lovely series of pictures, the macro pictures are suberb, and how wonderful for you to get to watch. Our robins here are quite different to these, I've never seen american robins before. It really is fantastic how children help us slow down and notice the beautiful and everyday things around us :)

My Castle in Spain said...

too cute ! your little one must be thrilled...
:-)

Samosas for One said...

This is beautiful

MaryAnne said...

lovely - fantastic photos, too!

Gayle said...

Wow! What a great series of shots! Thank you for sharing this wonder of nature with us! I'm so glad your daughter discovered the robins!

Anali said...

Those pictures are amazing! Talk about seeing nature up close! What a gift! ; )

Toni said...

Looks like you won't be using the ladder for a while! What excellent shots and such a great learning opportunity for your daughter, on so many levels.

Kath said...

Wow! Your photos are fantastic!
xo

Grey Street Girl said...

Wow! These are awesome shots!

Paige said...

These are great! I love seeing the wonder of nature on display - how nice that children catch the things that we would miss.