Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

It seems that Nature Nerd Wednesdays are going to the birds lately. Last week, I shared a photo captured by my husband during a chance encounter with a barred owl. Continuing the theme of connecting with and celebrating those rare discoveries in nature, this week we're enjoying a fantastic live hummingbird nest cam:

Explore.org: Bella Hummingbird's Nest
The star of this webcam is Bella, an Allen's hummingbird who has nested in the same ficus tree in California since 2005. Just last week, the two tiny eggs in her nest hatched. Watching the live cam long enough (right, no problem there!) should afford you an opportunity to see those two dark fuzzballs in the nest when Bella leaves for a brief errand. 

Sitting here at my desk, confined to the indoors for most of the day, it is refreshing to pull up a live cam like this one and take a brief escape to the outdoors to see what I'm missing out on. To know that somewhere in the great wide world out there is a hummingbird sitting quietly on her nest, in the same ficus tree she's occupied year after year. To realize that in the trees and shrubs just outside my front door, there might be a hummingbird sitting on a nest. Or some other type of bird. Or maybe a squirrel. I watch the hummingbirds zip away from the feeder on my deck, and imagine what cozy corners they must be retreating to.

Visitor at the new feeder on my deck. Not sure who's enjoying it more: the birds, myself, or my cat! - Lainey Piland photo

Although we may be stuck indoors, sitting in front of a computer hundreds or thousands of miles away from the action, webcams like this one allow us to connect with those hidden moments, with that "something rare" in nature, which helps to draw our attention outward to the world around us and opens our eyes to further discovery the next time we get outside.

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