“A bird’s nest, built to a blue print of inherited instinct, is not only an architectural marvel, but an important part of a species best effort to survive. It is my hope that these images will invite others to share not only my admiration of their artful craftsmanship, but also my passion for, curiosity about, and concern for their builders.”
Sharon Beals, 04/26/2017
Land and Water
When I am wading rivers or off in a remnant of wild with my camera, the rest of the world recedes and time expands. In what I can only call a hard-won state of grace, I work to frame momentary collisions of light and matter into a visual paragraph of reverence. I may know what’s growing there, what is brought down into a stream, what season is told, but more than anything, I want to say look, this is what matters now.
Sharon Beals is the author and photographer of Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them. The Nest Series documents specimens dating from the 1800's to present, from The California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, and the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian. She is currently photographing the nests of extinct and endangered birds.