Wednesday, June 11, 2008

An Eggstraordinary Post!

Today's Wonder of the World is...The Incredible, Sometimes Edible Egg!

If you ate that big one, we might have to hospitalize you.

This post all started when my husband came home from a long bike ride (he is now one of those crazy people pedaling fifty miles through the countryside on a Sunday afternoon while I stay on the couch and work my crossword puzzle) and told me that when he pulled over into the woods for...uh... a little restroom break, he looked down at his feet. Guess what he saw.
No, not a puddle. (Was that crude? Sorry.)

Well, almost this. (He didn't have a camera, so I used a flickr picture.)
It was a mother turtle laying eggs into a ditch. And a daddy turtle watching! Or maybe it was a turtle doula. I don't know.

It got me thinking about eggs and how we eat them.

And how we all started as eggs.

Not this kind. Unless you're a starfish. Actually that's a starfish embryo, if you want to get picky.
Just go along with me here.

We start out as an egg--at least partly.
And now we eat eggs!

With salt and lots of pepper. Yum.
But only eat one. Why? Because one oeuf is enough.
(If that doesn't make sense to you, you've never taken French. Your French teacher has never taught you how to pronounce the French word for egg, oeuf, with that dandy franglais sentence. One egg= un oeuf. Un oeuf sounds sort of like the word enough. Get it? One oeuf is enough?)

Moving right along...
Hopefully we don't eat eggs like this, since the photo freaked me out.

It gives a whole different meaning to you are what you eat. That's not exactly true when it comes to eggs, unless you're a chicken. And if you're a chicken and you're reading this, I should pop you into a little cage and start up my very own traveling circus. Think of the money you could make us! (Okay. Maybe I've had too much coffee.)

I'm also fascinated with nests.
Look at this one, found in a hanging basket!

And this one from , under an abandoned train!

And this itsy bitsy hummingbird nest!

With its teensy weensy baby bird!

At the other end of the nest and bird spectrum, remember the stork nest?

(If you don't remember, pop over HERE.)

And look at these,

Edgar Thissen, who took the picture, says that these are male weaver birds, and that they scream while they're building their nests. He also said that when a bird is done building, his mate examines the nest and if she doesn't approve, she destroys the thing and he has to start all over again.
Wow. Harsh animal kingdom.

And what about these two?

Aren't they cute? Apparently Great Horned Owls don't build nests and take the nests of Red tailed hawks or crows instead. But the nests eventually fall apart, and since the parent owls don't know how to repair them, the owlets are often left vulnerable on the ground. So some kind person put that bucket there for their new home. If it had wheels, it could be an owl mobile home! Like one of those shiny metal old fashioned kind.

Now I'm certain I've had too much coffee.

Just because I'm in this weird mood, I've got a weird egg advertisement to share with you. It's from Qu├ębec. Watch and wonder!

And have a Wonder-full Wednesday, everybody!
Love, Becky

(And thanks for the public flickr pictures, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Mnemonix, NYBatgirl, dj metronome, cenoxo, and Tut99 (Roger) )


Kari & Kijsa said...

What an egg-strordinary post!

kari & kijsa

Dana said...

WOW, you wear me out!!! :-) I love how you take a topic and GO with it AND in such an imaginative way! So entertaining AND educational. I don't believe I have ever seen a hummingbird's nest, with a tiny little baby in it no less. ahhhhh. The tire post was terrific, as well.

Jen said...

Very cool! I found a birdnest--a fully populated one--one spring inside my bicycle helmet. It had been hanging from the handlebar of my bike inside the shed for, um, possibly years...

Cassoulet Cafe said...

Your post are very entertaining and it's not un oeuf (not enough) so keep them coming! :) I'm stickin' around. I have lots of coffee.

TattingChic said...

huh! Fascinating.

La Belette Rouge said...

So happy to see that not all the egg puns have been taken. This is a egg-xtra special post!!

Hardboiled eggs are my favorite after noon treat. Okay, I would prefer a cupcake. ;-)

Great pictures and post as usual.

A bird in the hand said...

Not many people witness a mama turtle and her doula!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday I completed a collage that featured... um, eggs! It must be going around, haha!

Anonymous said...

Oh Becky, you are goofy! Thanks for the fun, entertaining, treat again.

liquidambar said...

That egg with the face on it creeped me out too.

From the high-rise building where I work my day job, I can see a pigeon nest on the window ledge of the high-rise across the way. Apparently it's egg season.

cindy said...

Egg-stra Eggstraodinary! LOL. Love your blog. LOVE your banner. Thanks for coming by mine and leaving such a sweet comment. That lead me to you! Got ya book-marked.

: D


Rebecca Ramsey said...

Hey kari &kijsa!

Dana, you're sweet. And I'd never seen one either. It amazed me, so I had to post it.

Jen, a bird nest in a bicycle helmet! What a great surprise! That's something to write about!

Cassoulet, lets sit down and have a cafe together. Can you have too much coffee? (Well, I guess you can.) We can have decaf if we must.

Hey tattingchic!

La belette, truth is that cupcakes always win. Yey cupcakes!

A bird in the hand, I saw your collage and was awed. I couldn't come up with anything clever to say, and I've been trying to turn down the gush-meter, so I didn't comment, but I should have. Your work is always amazing.

qugrainne, the world needs more goofy. At least that's my excuse.
(And thanks for mentioning my blog yesterday. You're a sweetie!)

Hey Jenn, my Nathan sister, how do you concentrate working like that? I'd be pulling out the binoculars whenever folks weren't looking. How fun to have a ringside seat in egg season!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Hey Cindy!
We were typing away at the same time.
I enjoyed my visit at your place. And speaking of eggs, I loved your birds!

Angela said...

Eggcellent pics! I love the info on those weaver birds! Boy, the guy better hope he doesn't catch old wifey before she's had her cuppa worms...

Sandra Evertson said...

OMG! This was a great post! I totally and completely enjoyed myself!
Sandra Evertson

Randy and Linda said...

Its amazing what you come across sometimes when you get off the beaten path. What a pleasant surprise!
Thinking about embryos - I once heard a biologist describe how the human embryo goes through many stages along the way before it actually resembles a full-sized human embryo. He said that during various stages the embryo appears identical to various others in the animal world (past and present), in their final stage before their birth. His implication is that we are the most refined of all, and I concur. Ah, the mysteries of life!
Also to mention that your post reminds me we have 18 eggs in the fridge and I have forgotten all about them until now - maybe I've been buzzing on caffeine, too!

Jann said...

Hi! I wanted to thank you for your nice comments on my blog--I am having fun reading yours--I looked your book up on I will have to get a copy and read it! I minored in French in college about 14 years ago
(I was a late bloomer) and, although I can't speak it much anymore, I love the language. I will visit again tomorrow when I have more time--take care!

Eleanor said...

You have given me a new perspective on eggs! I must find a photo of an ostrich egg and post it to you! I think it is the largest egg in the world. We have ostriches here aplenty (on reservations and farms) and weaver birds. Indeed, the male builds the nest using leaves from my palm trees and his picky wife tears it down until she is satisfied. They also strip the branches on which the nest is built to avoid visits from snakes. Thanks for your visit to Thatchwick. It is great to make new friends. Love Eleanor

Grosgrain Kathleen said...

Oooo, the egg face freaks me out too! As for the top pic, I'd like to see what comes out of the big one.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

The incredible egg. Great post!