Friday, April 22, 2011

Lessons in Nature

I witnessed an amazing occurrence recently.   I was walking into work early in the morning when I noticed a disturbance in the sign above the Mall door as I entered.    It is one of those large lit signs with each individual letter lit from behind.   I had noted that sparrows were nesting in it but hadn't paid much attention.  A furious flapping, however, beckoned me to take closer note.   A male sparrow was hanging by his foot from one of the letters.   At first  he desperately flapped his wings to try to release himself.   This didn't work.   All of a sudden, another male sparrow made an appearance and took hold of his "friend's" beak and pulled, flapping his wings furiously.   After approximately three tries, the trapped bird was released.   I felt so blessed and humbled to have been witness to this display.  Why did I not think think that birds, like humans, would come to the rescue of another?  

The journal pages above were created with the parallels between humans and birds in mind.   I used quotations from a vintage bird book about the care of the young.   They just struck me as so similar to the care of our young.   Ah, nature has much to teach us if we pay close attention. 


Mary-Beth said...

Dear Heather, how lucky you were to have witnessed such an occurrence!! I tend to look down when I walk, I shall have to look up more often! lol
Hope you are well!

Terri said...

Heather, what a unique experience you have had! Some how it feel good to know that one bird would assist another in his freedom.
Your two pages are totally amazing! I love every bit of them. I enlarged them so I could see better and read the fab words. You do such a inspired creative job on your art!

ShabbyChicShaz said...

What a fabulous story, how uplifting and humbling at the same time :)

Joyelle @ An Artful Endeavor said...

Wow, what an amazing moment to witness! And the pieces that you have created are stunning! Thank you for sharing this :)

martha brown said...

Oh, Heather that was so wonderful! Last year on a light pole in the Kindergarten playground we witnessed a similar event that didn't end well.... I'm glad to hear of a happy ending!!! It made my day :)
p.s. love the pages

Folk Heart said...

Oh, I love your sweet soul! These works are wonderful and I, too, am struck by how easily these aviary statements could convey to humans. I am totally emcompassed in your art!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

What a wonderful story about the birds...lovely art pieces too.
Wishing you a Happy Easter!

DeeJae (Deb) said...

Moments like this are special. To witness it and inspire your art is wonderful. Nature does have a lot to tell. I just don't listen as often as I could. I love your two pieces, so beautiful!


cat lacigale said...

ooh I love this !
I am so pleased I discovered your blog !