Tuesday, February 14, 2012

owl blessing

 i was driving home
after visiting some land
a little south and east of here
 when i saw an enormous intelligence 
staring straight into my windshield, my face, my heart
from it's kill on the roadside
and up, 
huge!
flew the barred owl,
who waited for me to find
the camera, looking from 
me to another car and back
giving me time and a pose
before soaring out into the winter forest.

31 comments:

Judy Martin said...

fantastic!

Valerianna said...

Gorgeous - lucky you! My barred owls have been quiet as of late, but how I love their shrieks and monkey-sounding calls in the summer nights. They are often so close I hear the soft cooings in between loud calls.

deanna7trees said...

magnificent. i have never seen an owl in person.

Fiona Dempster said...

How wonderful! Your last 4 posts have all been my colours so much - I love that softness in the grey, the brown, the cream...

Jenni said...

How handsome and what a gift! I have never seen an owl so close before.
Jenni

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

How fortunate that encounter! I have encountered barn owls face to face, and hawks, but oh, yours was a rare treat, and brilliant to have called it an "intelligence"--indeed! My Friday post is partially about the snowy owl that has traveled further South this year due to climate changes up north. How beautiful are these creatures!

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...
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henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

and in wisdom's face a heart appears as well, as it should for this day. cheers.

Velma said...

everyone, this beautiful and very other being left a huge blessing for me. i am so grateful. thanks for your words.

ronnie said...

oh I love raptors - and owls have the most amazing eyes! what a wonderful moment....

kathyd said...

i have been lucky to see these birds up close . they never disappoint me.
lucky you .

leFiligree said...

oh my goodness! the best encounter ever!

kaiteM said...

such a marvellous face, mesmerising

aracne said...

Beautiful pictures. The owl is symbol of wisdom, are you a wise lady, Velma?

onesmallstitch said...

magnificent!

Jeannie said...

Oh My!!! What a lucky day for you! To see an owl and have it pose for you is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

Lynn said...

Wow. That stare.
What a magnificent creature.

Max the Lobster said...

oh you live in such a wonderful place.

neki desu said...

unexpected gifts of nature!

Barry said...

V-what a beautiful sight - looks so mysterious. B

Alice said...

Nice of him to sit still for you. What a wonderful experience, and good that you were sufficiently "in tune" to communicate with him.

fran said...

...the eagles grace the tree tops and the sky above my yard during the day but i never see the owls...only hear them at night and early in the mornings...they left me a feather once and i treasure it...

jude said...

oh! i once saw an eagle like this up close, takes your breath away

mansuetude said...

a blessing, and witnessed makes it even more powerful. the link is awake.

Velma said...

all--i think when we're given an up close encounter we are given a story to work out, and i am sure that for me i was to pause and think, and see as clearly as i might. this time, anyway.

Patty said...

Nice of you to share your owl blessing with all of us!

lynda Howells said...

oh wowxxxbeautifukx

Christine said...

It's thrilling to see an owl. It's been years for me. What a neat sight!

Velma said...

yes, you guys, it was a blessing at the close of some excitement!!!

Jacky said...

Incredible creature... a wonderful photo (thanks so much for sharing).
Like Jude I have seen an eagle up close. The most amazing eyes, like a camera lens zooming in and out. Doesnt it make you feel good when you are gifted with an encounter like this?

Jacky xox

Velma said...

yes, jacky, i see eagles (bald and goldens) on occasion, but owls almost never. this was a rare gift.

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