Monday, March 01, 2010

Sunday at the cottage

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Sometimes something great happens. For no reason at all. For instance, you walk by the patio door and there, sitting in a tree, not 15 feet from you is a barred owl. Nothing like Ian's Great Horned Owl, but nevertheless stunning. And there he sat, posing. Such a beautiful creature.


Look at his eyes, Barred owls are, apparently the only brown-eyed owls. He let me take several pictures before turning around and soaring away. I've seen plenty of cool birds at the cottage, but this is a first...

And then, on the way home we stopped at the spa. They have a thing for buddhas at this spa, and I thought they looked pretty cool in the snow.

 



And the mysterious disappearing meme is back.  But that's for another day.
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17 comments:

furiousBall said...

these pics are AMAZING!

dave1949 said...

Love the owl. It's one type of bird I hardly ever get to see.
And I love the last Buddha all set for t nice feed of snow.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Jazz! What fabulous shots. Interesting how they are both (the owl and the buddha - sounds like a book title!) in sepia tones.

It's kind of counter-intuitive to see a buddha surrounded by snow - great, great shot!

Jeaux said...

Owls are wonderful creatures, a bit spooky. Barred owls have a haunting two-phrase call which one ornithologist rendered as "Who cooks for you... who cooks for you-all!"

Nice photos.

Jeaux said...

Here's a link

Hagelrat said...

geourgeous owl pic darling.

XUP said...

These photos are a hoot! Get it? Hoot! Bwah-ha-ha-ha...no but really, very nice. What a lucky capture.

geewits said...

How cool! I'm jealous and want to happen upon an owl. My neighbor saw one on a walk. Maybe that means I should go walking?
Cool Buddha pics, too!

VioletSky said...

I'm sure seeing owls brings one good luck. So getting great photos of one must be extremely fortuitous.
Giving Buddha snow instead of food may negate that, though.

word verification is inghtful at first I read it as insightful...

Maddy said...

Hmm I also have 'odd' things in my garden - although we never see snow.

Timely reminder to hang my camera on the door handle so I can be quicker on the draw.

Voyager said...

Owls are good omens. Which is maybe why you got to stop at the spa on the way home. I'm asuming you actually wnet in and had something lovely and relaxing done?
V.

Guillaume said...

I wish I could see an owl that close and take a few pictures of it. I love owls.

secret agent woman said...

I always love to see any raptor in the wild. Beautiful owl. And I can't help but notice similar expressions of serenity on the owl and the Buddha.

Von said...

He wasn't posing, just sizing you up...carefully, edible/not edible.Great photos!

mrwriteon said...

A wonderful owl, and a fine Buddha, too.

Jocelyn said...

These two things are so alike, colorwise, that they seem ripe for comparison. Here's my start: the owl has, um, his eyes open.

There ya go.

sewa mobil said...

i wish I could see an owl that close and take a few pictures of it. I love owls.