There’s a little place outside Kandern Germany in the Southern Black Forest region called “Holzen.” It’s about a 5 minute drive from where I’m taking classes at BFA, and is a sleepy, beautiful little town with flowers galore, trails leading to everywhere… and storks. Lots of storks. Yes, I actually mean those big black-and-white birds that you always think of in fairy tales or stories but never really consider real… until you look out your apartment window and see a massive nest where a pair of them raise their young. Wow.
|The stork refuge. If you look at the bell/clock tower in the background, you'll see nests there too. They're everywhere!|
|The nests are HUGE!!!|
|For my German-speaking friends... um, I think that now totals two. Maybe you can let me know what this says?|
|I really should put money in this to see if it sings. Or moos. Or something. |
Actually, it reminds me of when Shrek and Donkey go into Duloc and get their picture taken. Maybe this tells me the rules for the Stork Refuge?
And... because you wanted to know... I'm bringing a random thought to you to add to your "nature facts" file in your brain:
Evidently, the reason storks were picked as the delivery mode of choice for babies is because these amazing birds are such naturally good parents. They take good care of their young, and both mom and dad work together to raise them. Yes, they still teach their babies to fly by pushing them out of the nest, just like all good bird parents do. But as they keep the same nest (and mate) for a long period of time, I’m sure they might let their young come back for the occasional weekend visit, a home-cooked meal, and a load of laundry. (Or, I could be wrong on that last part.)
Happy Storchen Fest Day, maybe!