Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop

Happy to be linking up

Rural Thursday Blog Hop

Last spring,
I had the pleasure of
observing a
barred owl in my backyard

He seemed very
content to sit
and let me take his photo.

I named him Oscar.

A few months ago,
as Becky and I were walking up the driveway,
we were treated to two barred
owls swooping around us as we walked.
They took our breath away
and Becky named them Tom and Jerry.

Fast forward to last night.
It was dark out.
I was on the deck with
the deck light on.
Not 15' before me
swooped in an owl
and settled on a branch
ever so quietly.
He remained as I grabbed my camera.

A reminder to you all:
I have a nice, but little, point
and shoot camera.
No big zoom lens.
No fancy lighting.

But what kind of a
bird girl would I be if I didn't
at least try to get his photo?

This will be a little like playing
"Where's Waldo."
I will give you a hint though.
Look for the two bright eyes
looking toward the camera.

Stop laughing!
Bet you can't get a shot like that!


Buttons said...

I truly think this is an awesome pic. Just eyes yes I can see them. I have only a point and shoot also Glad you tried I like it :)B.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I see them! I think this is an awesome shot, Jill.

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Rural Thursdays! :)

Gloria Hood said...


Anonymous said...

I love that you got the pic! What an awesome sight those owls are! We live on Owl Creek but I have never seen an owl here!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oscar is gorgeous!

LOL! Love the eyes in the dark. I can almost hear the whooooooo whoooo whoooo whoooo...

Thanks for linking up with us today :-)

Ellie said...

I mainly use a point and shoot as it is easier to carry so I know where you are coming from.
I really like your picture and I can see the eyes and when you look at the picture it will bring back the memory of the event.
The owl is such an amazing bird.

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Oh Jill, I almost spit out my cafe con leche laughing. Incase you don't know what that is, it is cuban coffee and milk. I have one every morning.
Back to your photo. I see 2 tiny spots lit up. Are those the eyes?
My mom was back in the hospital again this monday and left yesterday. But she will need surgery. But we have to wait for the cardiologist and pulmanologist to give the release.
Please keep praying for her.
THanks, ANA

Gill - That British Woman said...

you are so lucky to see so many owls, I have never seen one in the wild here in Canada.......


Debbie said... go girl!! national geographic called, i'll take a message for you!!

thrilling, to see these in your yard!!

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Jill, your owls are just beautiful!... how lucky you are to have seen them... and I would never laugh... your photos are fabulous!... so happy you are teaching your children to love and appreciate Nature too... you know what a big part of my life Nature is, and I always love to see parents instilling that love in their children... thanks for sharing... xoxo Julie Marie

Anonymous said...

I think Oscar suits him... he's beautiful, Jill! =)

Paula said...

Love those owl eyes. I had the pleasure of watching an owl at the ranch last week while sitting in the truck but I don't have a picture to prove it.

EG Wow said...

I love your sense of humour, Jill!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, this made my morning! thank you, jill!!!!!!! :)

Changes in the wind said...

Hi there, thanks for dropping in and leaving a your owl picture and yes even in the dark:)

Madi and Mom said...

Jill you are hilarious!! What a great post and I did see high beams in the left upper corner.
Madi and Mom

Anonymous said...

so sweet! :)

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Wow! I love Oscar! And his night eyes!

BettyJean @ ShabbyTeaParty said...

Fun, artistic photo. Love the story, love the shot. Warm Hugs,

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice post.

Regards and best wishes

Lynne said...

My first thought . . . are you crazy . . . I could see black, that was it. On my iPad I can enlarge the photo and sure enough . . . I found Oscar!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Wow! It's incredible that you were able to get those eyes! Hope you have a good day!

Anonymous said...

Owls are magnificent aren't they?! Great photo and it's nice to have them so close to your garden. Have a great day!

Tanya said...

oh that really made me smile! love both shots, seriously!

Ed Pilolla said...

haha, it's like that movie predator where you look in the branches for the eyes. yeah, sad that i think of a shoot 'em up movie instead of waldo:)
very cool shots. and even cooler that the birds trust you.

Donna said...

HAHAHAHahahaaaa...OmWord Girl!!! FUNNY! And YES, I was laughing!!!
But it IS a Great Shot!!!
Happy weekend sweet friend!

(still laughing!)

forgetmenot said...

I've taken photos like that before. The first pic of "Oscar" is great--what a treat to have him in your yard. Have a nice weekend. Mickie ;)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow you got a pic of an owl...and yes I can barely see the 2nd pic:)

Margaret said...

The top photo made me sigh in appreciation, and the last I laughed in appreciation! A for effort!

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Love it! Those eyes are amazing-great idea AND picture.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oscar is gorgeous...I love owls.
Those eyes...they were looking deep into my soul; I just know it. :)

Marie said...

I love it, Jill! Bring it back next Halloween ;)

Michaele said...

This is just the coolest photo ever Jill. You could not have done better : )

A Quiet Corner said...

THese pix are AWESOME! I still have yet to capture my owls!...:)JP

Chatty Crone said...

That is the best all black picture I have ever seen! sandie

Charade said...

Found you via Rural Thursday, and I'll tell ya - anyone who is called friend by an owl would likely be my kind of friend as well. I'm amazed by your owl photos, and I laughed aloud at the two eyes. I'll be following your blog.

Tammy said...


I think it's pretty cool!

I'm so jealous. I have searched for owls but have yet to spot one.

April's Homemaking said...

I love owls, how amazing you got that shot. Love it! I too have a point and shoot, and it is great when you can still get a nice shot. We have Great Horned Owls here, owls are such wonderful birds!! Great post.

Jackie said...

That almost put me into hysterics. you are so funny Jill. Love your owl :)

Rural Revival said...

Ha! It is a great shot and no I wouldn't be able to capture it!


Blessed Serendipity said...

The owl in the first photo is beautiful! Sometimes when I witness something as rare as this I wonder if I should just stare and enjoy the moment or risk missing it all together as I grab my camera. Now the owl in the second photo is there. I did see the two glowing eyes, but I will have to use my imagination for that one.


Teresa said...

I love it! Owls are truly amazing birds, and it's lucky to have them hanging around.

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Beth said...

i love the background you have on your blog ... i used for a bit. love it!! we have had no real snow in VA this year. great shots. i love your pick of name for the owl. what a great bird. (:

Lori said...

Oh wow! I love this shot! We haven't seen our owl that Hoots almost every night!

Jan n Jer said...

Now if this isn't a perfect Halloween it!

ღ Life According To Milo ღ said...

What a great picture! Love those glowing eyes! : ).. Awesome.

Ida said...

Owls are just so awesome, I would love to get any kind of a photo of one. I relate to the (short comings) of a Point n Shoot but I loved that you got those "eyes"!

Donna said...

I didn't even giggle! It's an amazing shot. He wouldn't have been happy to be blinded by a flash! The eyes peering back make a great shot!


World Famous said...

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