I usually talk about plants and trees here but I also love to watch birds. Last spring I receive a wonderful gift in the form of a robin’s nest in the tree right outside my window. I got to watch the parents build a nest and sit on the eggs. Once they hatched I got to watch them get fed and grow. I did not get to see them take flight though. I could not sit and watch the nest all day. This year no one has built a nest in that tree but I still get to watch birds up close thanks to the people at the Cornell Ornithology Lab. They have a number of cameras set up in nests so you can observe the birds up close as they hatch and raise their young. It is invasive, I know, and I hope the birds do not mind being observed so closely by so many. It is a great privilege to have this intimate view of life. Go and watch for a bit then see how you feel. More relaxed? Less stressed? Benevolent toward the world? This is the power of getting back in touch with nature.