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The summer nests uncovered by autumn wind,
Some torn, others dislodged, all dark,
Everyone sees them: low or high in tree,
Or hedge, or single bush, they hang like a mark
.

Since there’s no need of eyes to see them with
I cannot help a little shame
That I missed most, even at eye’s level, till
The leaves blew off and made the seeing no game
.

’Tis a light pang. I like to see the nests
Still in their places, now first known,
At home and by far roads. Boys knew them not,
Whatever jays and squirrels may have done
.

And most I like the winter nest deep-hid
That leaves and berries fell into:
Once a dormouse dined there on hazel-nuts,
And grass and goose-grass seeds found soil and grew
.Edward Thomas

It’s in winter that we see the nests…it is surprising how many there are…mostly we se them from below, but I painted this one from a bird’s eye view…after all she will want one soon…a little renovation is all that’s needed

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper..

I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 1 year ago


    The summer nests uncovered by autumn wind,
    Some torn, others dislodged, all dark,
    Everyone sees them: low or high in tree,
    Or hedge, or single bush, they hang like a mark
    …to learn more about this painting, click description above..


  • And most I like the winter nest deep-hid
    That leaves and berries fell into:
    Once a dormouse dined there on hazel-nuts,
    And grass and goose-grass seeds found soil and grew
    ..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Smaragd
    Smaragdover 1 year ago

    Love this!

  • Thank you so much…very nice of you..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    A perfect match of poem and visual Janis. Love the art.

  • Thank you so much Jim…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Judi FitzPatrick
    Judi FitzPatrickover 1 year ago

    Very cool, great texture and detail.

  • Thank you so much Judi…very nice of you

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    Love it!

  • Thank you so much Cindy…glad you like it..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 1 year ago

    Fascinating work, and interesting perspective. Love how below the nest is a bed of blended colours like spring shining through the snow…

  • Thank you so much MuiLing…I thought it would be nice to show it from the bird’s perspective for a change…glad you like it..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Conoro
    Conoroover 1 year ago

    This is wonderful Janice, I love this series and each one is a surprise and a delight :-)

  • Lovely of you to say so Constance….thank you so much.

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 1 year ago

    Our feathered friends are busy with their new nests…..its amazing how they know to return to the same nooks they use each year….this is another beauty wahini Janis…..

  • I know…they, except for ones like the Cardinals, take off and fly away as far as Australia, then come back in spring to the same areas..mind boggling…I have been staring upward at all the nests around here for months now…glad you like it KJ..thanks so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon skiover 1 year ago

    Love this one!! I have a collection of bird’s nests. :)) the white branches work so well to hold the swirl of the nest form. Really terrific Janis!!

  • Thanks so much Yvonca…they are really high up here so I only can see them from below, but this is from the birds eye, so it’s imagined…we had a Cardinal nesting on our front porch once but her husband was always frantic when we went in and out, and screamed abuse at us from the electric wires above…finally he persuaded her it was too dangerous and they moved away to a tree nearby…pity…I wanted to see her through the whole process but he wasn’t having any of it..she sat in the nest very calmly, but if I only poked my nose out the door he went berserk…glad you like the painting..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 1 year ago

    Fantastic!!

  • Thank you so much Leslie…

    – © Janis Zroback

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