Sunday, February 05, 2006

A Robin's Nest

Complex: robin's nest, (Macro shot) (Click picture for larger view) Posted by Picasa
"Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German philosopher, scientist & writer)
Have you ever looked at a bird's nest; I mean really looked at it up close? The complexity of design is amazing, each species having its own unique style. The complexity of construction is even more amazing, given the bird has no hands and must perch on one leg, using its beak and the other leg to weave and hold the building materials in place. The complexity of material used for the nest is sometimes comical. Twigs, strips of grass, threads, linings of mud or down feathers and often a piece of cloth or plastic; something more colorful to attract his mate. With all these complex features, the purpose of construction is simple; build a sturdy home to keep his offspring safe. The same simple purpose of all home builders, man or animal.

Submission for MacroDay topic "complex". (end of post)

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