The size? A ping pong ball!
Secured to twigs with spider silk,
This moss lined nest won’t fall.
The speckled eggs all rest.
On top of rocks and broken shells,
The Plover sets her nest.
And, did you know that Robins sometimes use string to build their nests? Or that chickadees can lay up to 9 eggs?
As like most authors, I wrote about something that interests me. Nesting Grounds is about birds and bird's nests. Furthermore, it was a throw back to my childhood. I would be perched in my Dad’s crossed legs - what he affectionately referred to as ‘the Bird’s Nest’- and watch the birds in our garden.
For Nesting Grounds, 20 luminous oil paintings depicting 10 familiar birds nesting were created. Each bird has 2 devoted paintings: The female in her nest; and the nest with eggs. Additionally, the clutches in each nest increases incrementally from one to ten - the Sparrow having one egg up to the Wood Duck having ten. A 4-line verse accompanies each image describing the nesting ground unique to each bird. This artistically rendered book is ideal for artists and birders of all ages, and is a wonderful introduction to the nesting grounds of common birds. Birds featured in Nesting Grounds: Sparrow, Hummingbird, Robin, Cardinal, Plover, Goldfinch, Snow Bunting, Nuthatch, Chickadee, Wood Duck.
The on-line version is 8.5x8.5, and is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Chapters/Indigo. A signed copy is available on request. Please email me email@example.com.
To build her sheltered nest.
Soft feathers form a downy mat,
She's plucked from her own breast.