The Joy of Finding a Raven’s Nest

Baby Ravens, with big beaks and sleepy eyes
Baby Ravens, with big beaks and sleepy eyes | Source
In the nest.
In the nest. | Source
Reaching, beak open
Reaching, beak open | Source
The babies are growing
The babies are growing | Source
Mama flying overhead to check out the photographer
Mama flying overhead to check out the photographer | Source

One small, sturdy branch at a time

The builder over and over again brought in its mighty beak

Found materials to construct this birthing home.

Instinct, industry and artistry fashioned a fine woven basket

Into the wind-sculpted ledge of a rosy orange-red cliff.

Like a large breed puppy with enormous paws

The newborn Ravens are nearly all beak.

Nestled in their beautiful wooded world

They sleep and stretch, eat and extend themselves as the days pass,

Growing into their top-heavy beaks like a puppy into its paws.

Their eyes, like tiny reflections of stardust gleaned from the Milky Way,

Shine amid the dark black night of their brand new feathers.

With some unseen drive and inner diligence, sheltered in the open-air,

They bob and gaze into that yonder world from whence comes food and visions.

They dream fledgling dreams, feel the curious prodding of feathers developing.

The wind begins telling them about the wonder of wings and the promise of flight.

So the babies continue the work of growing into their power and beauty, and

Of their grand destiny.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

So beautiful, Linda! What great pictures you captured. Well done!

I hope you have a great week my friend.

bill


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Thanks, Sir William! I always so enjoy your kind and supportive comments. I am eager to visit your hubs soon, I'm a bit behind. And a great and fruitful week to you :~)


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Wow, Linda, how far is the nest from the ground? The birds that I knew always made me do a healthy climb!


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Hey, Deb,

You've got me smilin' at that! It's a climb (thank goodness for leather gloves and not looking down), but so worth it. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great hub and thank you so muh for sharing it with us.

A very enjoyable read.

Have a great day .

Eddy.


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Thank you, Eddy. So glad you enjoyed it and took time to comment! May your day be truly great, as well. L.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Mother Nature provides us with the most beautiful inspiration...does she not? Nice work Joanne.


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Linda Compton 3 years ago from The Land of Enchantment Author

Absolutely...the most beautiful inspiration and profound instruction! Thanks for your visit and comments, Wayne. L.

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