Happy Mothers Day

The face only a mother could love.

 

I took the photograph first thing this morning of a Great Horned Owl and her chick. Baby owls are, not to be rude, ugly! Certainly this is a face that only a mother could love. I took this image on Coal Creek near Lafayette. The chicks grow up fast and I will be taking more photos of the pair before I leave on a road trip to Alaska. Within a month or so the chick will be on its own and I won’t see the mom any more. That is until next year when she hopefully goes back to the same nest.

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Art Night Out

Art Night Out happens the third Friday in April through September in Lafayette. Artists  display the works at various locations in Old Town Lafayette on Public Rd. I will be displaying my images along with over 20 other artist at Morrell Printing Solutions. The various artists will be showing  bronzes, photography, textile art, oil and water color painting, jewelry and other unique and one of a kind art.

The show starts at 5:30 pm and runs until 9:00 pm, refreshments will be served and live music  by Mountain Dulcimer Jam Sessions

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Seen any Owls lately?

Now is the time to be looking for nesting Great Horned Owls! Great Horned Owls don’t make their own nest, but use other birds nest (crows, magpie). Lookout for large nests in the trees with the pointed ears (horns) of the nesting owl sticking out the top. Once you are able to identify a nest that has an owl it will be much easier for you to spot them. Anytime now the owlets will be hatching and within a few weeks you should be able to see them.

Where do you find them? Just look at larger cottonwood, willow or elm trees and don’t think that the owls will be out in the middle of nowhere. This photo was taken two years ago in the Lafayette Walmart parking lot. The large cottonwood tree was blown down last year so the owls haven’t been back. Owls will typically go back to the same nest for several years in  a row.

When the trees leaf out you won’t be able to see them anymore, so you have a little over a month to spot them.

 

Good luck, let me know if you see any.

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Finally, up and running!

It has taken me a while (OK 3 or 4 years) to get a web site up and running, but I have finally started. I will be showcasing my images and look forward to your comments and input.


Bald Eagle

Last December my son Jeff called and said there was a Bald Eagle by his house. So Janet and I immediately drove out there in hopes that the eagle would still be there (Jeff’s house is about 14 miles from ours) and he was!

Like I always say, being lucky is how I get some of my best photographs!

Gerry

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