Friday, June 24, 2011

What a Hoot!!!


I was taking a walk at the once-abandoned church property, when I saw something out of place ... From a distance I thought someone had placed a boulder on top of the gravel pile beside the building ...

Then it moved - and flew away into a nearby oak tree!


A great horned owl stared back at me from the branches.


I quietly crept closer until I was close enough to see the reflections in his eyes!


He didn't appear to notice me - He was watching a deer in the grass below ...


I ended up nearly under the tree in which he perched ...
And I was wrong - he DID notice my approach!
He looked straight at me - and winked!

I must have taken a gazillion photos, but I was shaking so much only a few came out.

When I left, he was still in the tree watching me.
And I felt blessed by his presence.

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14 comments:

  1. They are cool looking birds and you managed to capture a few great shots to show us.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Cool captures, what a magical moment that must have been.

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  3. wow Clytie...what a magical experience, to be in this grand owl's presence!

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  4. How exciting to not only get a glimpse of this great bird, but also PHOTOS! Yeah!

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  5. Fantastic captures, Clytie! I do love the owl and his eyes! They are so BIG! Wonderful to be able to not only see him, but get such great shots! Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  6. Oh, Sissy! I'm drooling--how cool is this?! What a magical experience--but then I'm not surprised, you were in The Abandoned where amazing things happen sometimes.

    These fill my eyes, Honey. How absolutely beautiful!

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  7. Wow, I love your owl shot. I don't know whoo is luckier.. you, for the chance meeting with an elusive great horned owl.. or him for a chance to meet a kind and caring nature-lover which whoo you are, Clytie.

    be well, be happy
    Hugs,
    Pam

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  8. Yay that looks like you are too close to the owl. ^_^

    Weekend Reflection

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  9. What great shots of that magnificent bird. Wow, were you lucky to "happen" upon him!!! What a great experience for you and what a treat for us. Have a nice Sunday. Mickie :)

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  10. Oh, my goodness, that is incredible that you saw him, and for so long! How exciting! I would have been shaking, too. I'm glad you got such good pictures. . . he is so wonderful!

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  11. Awesome shots! I've never seen an owl in the wild before. Very cool!

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  12. he didn't fly directly towards you?

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  13. You did good. I like everyone of them.

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