Monday, October 24, 2011

The beauty of a Barn Owl...

...continued from the previous post of Priscilla, the Barred Owl.
Storm, the Barn Owl, made her appearance with a raucous flourish any Barn Owl would be proud of--unrelenting screams! The first time I heard a Barn Owl scream was in 1990. Rick and I lived in Maineville back then, and barns still dotted the countryside. Our second-floor bedroom hung beside a grove of towering pines that bordered a farmer's field. It was cold out that night, but for some reason we had opened the windows so we could listen to the wind in the pines. The screaming started at about 4:00 a.m. "OMG...is someone being murdered? That sound can't be human...are Banshees real?" The eerie night sounds started to fade, and it finally dawned on us that we were listening to two Barn Owls calling to each other in the pines outside our window. The calls were amazing and terrifying, and I loved hearing them...

Storm, the Barn Owl, making her (or maybe "his") appearance...punctuated with an exclamation mark!

Storm is gorgeous. I've always thought Barn Owls were beautiful, but seeing one up close blew me away. The colors in her feathers are carmelly warm and rich, and her heart-shaped face is extraordinary.

...I couldn't get enough of the patterns and colors in her wings and feathers.

...this is Storm's good wing, her other wing is partially amputated. She got it caught in a barn door, and it couldn't be saved.

...she backs up her beauty with terrifyingly sharp and strong talons.

...snowy white feathers tipped in carmel.

...beautiful.



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23 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Oh my goodness, Kelly! I have no words. She/He is just absolutely breath-taking, as your photos of her. What a rare treat!

Carole Meisenhelter said...

so beautiful; wow!!

elcamperoinquieto.com said...

Very good shots, how lucky of having those as neighbors! I encourage them to come with me with nest boxes but I am not been lucky yet....
Bye!

KaHolly said...

You are right, she is absolutely gorgeous!! Makes me want to reach out and touch her. What a wonderful place.

the cuby poet said...

What absolutely fabulous photos of Storm. We have a couple of barn owls nearby but they are hard to see unless out walking after dusk.

Guy said...

Hi Kelly

This is a stunning bird and your photographs really capture it. Just a wonderful post.

Guy

Roy said...

Great shots, Kelly!

Elaine said...

Exquisite feather patterns!

TexWisGirl said...

that last shot of her looking up is extraordinary. what a gorgeous beauty...

Carol Mattingly said...

Beautiful. Carol

grammie g said...

Hi Kelly ...Oh my, absolutely breathtaken to see the close ups of the details of the fabulous creature!!
You did good girl...great stuff!! ; }
grace

Gillian Olson said...

What I beautiful bird, such subtle colours, such grace.

Janice K said...

Oh my! How do you even begin to describe such beauty. It looks so soft--How could you keep from wanting to touch, feel and hold it. I guess those talons keep you at a distance.

Andrea said...

Great serie again.
Barn Owl is so common all over the world and it's a so beautiful bird.
Did you ever read "Wesley the Owl" by Stacey O'Brien? It's a very nice book about a girl and "her" Barn Owl.

Roy said...

Yes, absolutely gorgeous Kelly.

Banjo52 said...

Just spectacular colors and markings! And your various angles highlight it all beautifully. Thank you for this!

Wanda..... said...

Truly a work of art...Storm and your photos! So soft and fluffy and yet seems to shimmer and shine like jewelry too!

KAT said...

Oh My ! Your photos of this owl gave me goose bumps and I feel like crying . They are so amazing. Im so stupid...must be hormones going weird on me...Im so emotional sometimes when I see pictures so beauutiful thanks with all my heart for sharing these today !

- KAT -

Mary said...

What beautiful and unusual feathers! I love the eye area with its fuzzy feathers surrounding.

Dave said...

The most beautiful Owl in Owlland!

AndysLens said...

Simply gorgeous bird!

Tammie Lee said...

incredible, yep incredible portraits Kelly! I love owls and barn owls are beautiful and their feathers are a joy to touch. thank you.

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone! I have so many more cool photos of this amazing bird. Matty has a few unique and interesting photos too. I hope I remember to get them up. They would be a great reference for an artist to work from also. This owl was incredibly beautiful. I always wanted to see one up close, but...as always, I would rather have not been able to see Storm up close, because it would mean she was healthy and free in nature still...