One natural creation that has always held me in awe and wonder is Wild Bird eggs. I have a fascination for faux eggs and vintage painted images of them. Unfortunately, the real nests and eggs I’ve discovered by accident on a country walk, or found hidden in a hedge when clearing the garden have been few and far between. However, I don’t think we have to necessarily behold the real thing to be able to marvel at their complexities and gorgeous colour palette.
For generations the colours of nature have inspired how we decorate our homes and interiors. It seems almost the entire range of Farrow & Ball paint has been based on varying shades of bird eggs. I must admit it’s simply the beautiful vision of them that captures my imagination, but there is much more to eggs than that.
The mind boggling array of different colours, patterns, shapes and sizes were not created just for folk like me to gaze and admire. Complicated reasons result in the complex designs. Some are fairly easy to understand and grasp. Like for example why birds that tend to lay eggs in nests on open ground, results in the camouflage being pretty impressive. The skylark does this. Owls have white round eggs that are usually laid in a dark place. Some eggs are designed not to roll when the nest tends to be in a precarious position. Yes, that all makes perfect sense to me. But others are a little more perplexing. Why occasionally does the Cuckoo, which is a ‘brood parasite’ produce a perfect egg to match a suitable nest, then place it in the wrong one? Oops! Or beautiful brightly coloured eggs that stand out a mile, when it’s really not a good idea for their nest situation? I guess it goes to show there is an awful lot we still don’t understand about these creatures and how their eggs have evolved.
When I was creating my own faux wooden eggs I came across another little cunundrum. The same bird type and species does not always produce a very similar egg. For example I decided to paint the egg of the Mistle Thrush, but the background colour is either cream or blue! I also discovered whilst there will be identifiable patterns on the same eggs, again they can vary. In the end I have decided to just do variations of them to keep things interesting.
Thanks for reading my post today, Catherine x
Here is a selection of my boxed eggs.