Birds create nests in many different ways; some use sticks, grass, and leaves; while others use branches, stones, and mud. They can be simple or intricate, float in trees or even be underground. One thing is certain: birds look to keep themselves and their young safe. I think everyone can identify with this – we’re all nesting right now. And while we may not be winged creatures, we can identify with the experience of staying cooped up at home. Now, little by little and following the instructions of officials, we’ll be able to start spreading our wings.
The Yuya, an oriole bird, on the cover of this edition has a peculiar way of building its nest. It’s built vertically rather than in the circled shape we picture when we think “nest.” What’s interesting though, is that its length is based on rain prediction. That means, the longer the nest, the less quantity of rain is to be expected (this way it’s less likely to fall down). This season, something tells me its nest was definitely kept pretty short.
While we may not be able to predict the weather like the Yuya, we do know how to make a house feel like a home. Getting all our twigs in order isn’t always easy, but I think we all love our home to a certain extent. We like the concept of staying in, at least when we have the option of actually leaving at some point. And that time is coming slowly but surely. Though it seems strange and movie-like, we’re all in this together. I have been witness to a truly united community: from individuals going the extra mile to help others after the intense rain that Amanda and Cristobal left, to restaurants and businesses looking out for their employees.
Keeping safe may not have been exciting, but hey, those eggs are not going to keep warm on their own. So let’s breathe in the new reality with ease, precaution, and of course, with an issue of Yucatán Today in hand. This month, we talk about the future of tourism, how we can be kinder to our planet, and our next trip around the state.
Like we’ve mentioned several times in past issues: adventure is big for us and we always seek it out. We want you to taste, travel, climb, swim, and not be afraid to truly immerse yourself in new experiences. Yucatán will begin to open up little by little (when authorities deem it safe), and we’ll be able to support the tourism industry, restaurants, and local businesses that had it so hard during the quarantine.
We’ll all fly again. See how I rounded back to that analogy? I’m clever like that.
Editorial by Greta Garrett
Photography by Cherie Pittillo for use in Yucatán Today
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