In spite of predictions for cold weather with gusty winds today, they never materialized so I took Kensie out to Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, NJ, USA, where I live, for an afternoon hike, as shown in the picture below. There are a variety of landscapes in the Reservation, from manicured fields, playgrounds for children, gardens and hiking trails. Kenzie and I were walking in the area with fields and gardens. We were in a formal garden consisting of shrubbery laid out in formal rows that has been there since I was a child, so the shrubs are very mature and woody. We were walking along one of these rows when suddenly I saw at my height an intact bird nest! Seeing it filled me with joy. It had survived the winter, and who knows, could have survived more than one. Growing up here, I used to find bird nests all the time. It is always nice to see something that brings back a happy childhood memory so unexpectedly when finding a bird nest was a big event in the day of a child and then coming upon it so unexpectedly in the present it brings the back the feeling of childhood joy again, so alive!