Walking through the Chinese Gardens here at Snug Harbor on a weekday in May the sky was clear and the grounds, serene. However being that it was a Thursday and not a weekend when more folks are off, it was a bit too devoid of people for my tastes, especially as I don't care to take pictures of places built for people to enjoy that have no people in them.
Not wanting to wait forever for the few people there to walk over spots that would make for a great scenic picture, I started to leave, but as I walked through a passage that ran over the large pond in the center of the grounds, my eye spotted some unusual movement in a pine tree just a few feet off to my left which caused me to stop dead in my tracks. I pulled one of the headphones out of my ear to see if my ears could help my eyes find the source of the movement. A few seconds later I spotted these baby birds, well hidden inside the pine tree shuffling about for position in their nest. As people passed to and fro, none of them spotted this well hidden robins nest just 5 feet from them until I pointed out what I was photographing. It was fascinating for us to discover something both so hidden and yet so close, a very pleasant surprise on a wonderful day during my vacation.
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