July 19th, 2012
‘Love nest, empty nest, hideaway’ – Tom Pow
When you dare to leave your nest, you take a risk. When baby eagles are ready to fly, the momma eagle pulls up the sticks and branches so it’s uncomfortable to return- and risky. Travel gets you out of your comfort zone and nest. Just maybe you’ll find or make a new nest, even a temporary one. Is the nest your home, or is home anywhere you build your nest?
At the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, we learned about the power of the nest in a poetry and printmaking exhibition called “Locating the Nest.” Poet Tom Pow says “the nest is the flight-log of its maker.” My daughter has built a nest in Edinburgh. It’s what you expect when your children take flight. The sticks become a bit uncomfortable at home – time to create your own flight log. I enjoy seeing the creativity of nests built by birds and people.
The gardens, gift shop and restaurant are well worth a visit and encourage looking, reflecting and engaging with nature.
~To see more , check out www.locating the nest.com and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh www.rbge.org.uk