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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  1. They are cool looking birds and you managed to capture a few great shots to show us.
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  2. Cool captures, what a magical moment that must have been.

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

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

  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!


  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!

  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

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

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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 :)

  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!

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

  12. he didn't fly directly towards you?

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