Thursday, April 27, 2017

National Tell A Story Day

Today is National Tell a Story Day (among several other "national day" designations) so I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you a story.  It's a story with pictures about Casper the Cactus Wren!


Casper was a very resourceful little cactus wren with innovative ideas in the field of nest building.  When he set out on the task of building the perfect nest, he found the ideal location in the arms of a tall and strong cactus.  Now all he needed were some unique and durable building materials to frame his dream home.


Soaring above the desert setting, imagine Casper's excitement when he noticed an old gardener's cart lined with a frayed and tattered carpet.  Surely those loose threads from that carpet would not only create a solid home but a luxurious one at that.


With confidence and grit, Casper began gathering what was needed.  He tugged and pulled on those frazzled pieces of thread until his muscles ached, but he couldn't seem to pry them loose.  However, Casper was not deterred, he was determined to get what he wanted.


"Maybe if I pull from another direction" thought Casper.  So he pulled with all his might until he nearly slipped off the side of the cart.


"Maybe some swift jerking actions will do the trick" thought Casper.  So he pulled with such rapid motion that he started to feel a bit dizzy.


"Whew" he thought.  "This is much harder than I thought it would be."


Casper gave it one last, powerful yank, but those threads were just not going to break free.


Casper came to the realization that carpet thread was just not going to work out as nest building material.  He would have to go back to the tried and true construction stock.


When all his work was finally done, Casper took time to relax and admire his work.  His new home was solid and comforting and fit perfectly into the neighborhood.  It was his very own Home Sweet Home.

15 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

A good days work for Casper.

Christine said...

Oh very well told, Sharon, in both words and pictures!
Hurrah for Casper's new home!

Andy said...

Excellent photos with an interesting story.

Thérèse said...

A master piece!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Love, love, love the story of Casper and his nest.. kind of made me think of 'Grand Designs' Sharon ☺ there are always many problems before the new build being hailed as a brilliant success! Beautifully told!

Lowell said...

What a delightful story your have concocted about Casper and his nest! But be sure to get his permission before you publish it. I understand finches get funny about folks failing to focus on finches' copyrights.

Love the fotos too.

Karl Demetz said...

A nice picture story, the first photo is fabulous, Sharon !

Kate said...

This would make a good children's book. Top photo is super.

Steve Reed said...

I love it! It's probably ecologically better that Casper couldn't use the carpet fibers, but I bet that was super-frustrating for him! (Do birds feel frustration? I wonder...)

William Kendall said...

What a pretty bird!

Judy said...

That was fun! I do enjoy watching the antics of birds.

bill burke said...

What a great little story, wonderful imagination and perfect photos to illustrate little Casper's quest to build a nest. He does look satisfied in his nest resting after such a big job. I love it, Sharon!

RedPat said...

A lovely little story, Sharon!

Lois said...

I really enjoyed your story about Casper and his nest. Your photos are wonderful!

Bob Crowe said...

Harder than Casper imagined? Just ask the president!

This was a delight.