Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Baby Owl In the Wind - First Day Video

I am enthralled with our baby owl ... and acting just like a mother hen.
Below is my video of the little one the first day I found her blowing in the wind.


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Hang on baby hang on!

Truth be told that we felt very much like how that little one looks when we left our traditional life to risk creating this new one. Selling everything and living frugally over these past two years has been an adventure. Time has been our friend as we have learned to live, be and grow into this time. Trading freedom for consumerism ... learning to want less and be more.

The wind still blows...sometimes suddenly, at times constantly...
and yet like that little one we hang on ... growing stronger in time...
We can even be found now laughing into the wind
when we are not hanging on for dear life.

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Bull Snake Stalker - Who knew?

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It didn't occur to me two years ago that by selling everything and living in an RV I would open my life up to so many experiences. I had no idea that I would be living such an earthy life.


Phil and I have settled in to living on the frugal ... trading income and stuff for 'free hobbies' and experiences. I got turned on to the power of free hobbies a few months ago from a favorite blog, Early Retirement Extreme. I already knew at the time that in order to live a richer life we needed to develop in areas that didn't cost anything but Jacob crystallized the idea for me.

Learning knew language empowers my journey and I am stronger for it. Embracing free hobbies strengthens the personal power of my own dollar. What free hobbies/passions do you have?


Who knew I would become a snake stalker?


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Monday, April 27, 2009

Baby Owl Out of Nest Day 2 & 3 Family Day

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The great horned owl chick is still out on a limb.
We think it is about 6-8 weeks old.

I am a steadfast soul wandering below.

Folks come by all day to take pictures and gaze at this baby owl.

It's a long way up and a long way down.

Bird folks tell me this isn't that unusual and not to worry.
I feel better when Dad and Mom are around but I haven't
seen them sense late morning.
The little one just follows me with his/her eyes
and I want so much to help.




Dad with the little great horned owl.

Mom watching out next door.


Two birds of a feather!



The best Dad! (when he is here)



Baby back again on his/her own.
Waiting for mom and dad
as I wait for him/her to fly.



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Baby Owl Out of Nest - Day 2 Dawn

Up at dawn ... Is baby up there still?
From our window below...

Mom showed up and gave baby owl a good talking too. Whoo whoo, Whoo whoo



Look who showed up with breakfast. Dad!
...and the branch holds....

Yeah!
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Baby Owl Out of Nest - Day 1

Great Horned Owl Chick - Saturday about 4pm
I was quite startled to find that the baby owl chick had come out of it's nest!
The nest is a shelf right at the top of the dead palm area of the tree. (maybe 30 feet up?)...At around 4pm I watched our little one sitting on a branch about 4' below the nest. It looked scared to me. Worse yet the desert winds were blowing!

That little chick is always curious, following us with it's eyes where ever we roam in the area. For the first hour or two there was no Mom or Dad owl to be seen...at least by me. (They are always near by it seems) "Now what do I do?" it seemed to eyes.

The first picture was taking a bit later (as dusk unfolded) ... it shows the wind and the little one.
I was smacked with the true meaning on "out on a limb".


This is the little one hanging on for dear life with the wind. It bobbed this way and that way as we both waited for the wind to calm down. Please, please don't fall!


As the wind died down it seemed to settle in. Phil explained about the talons which made me feel a bit better. As with other birds of prey, Owls have the locking, ratchet-like mechanism in their foot which keeps the toes locked around a perch or prey without the need for the muscles to remain contracted.





Finally I see mom watching from next door. What can she do?

Hold on baby hold on!
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Great Horned Owl Chick








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Whoo Whoo
What a blessing to live under a Great Horned Owl nest
Whoo Whoo echo's back
Mom and baby snuggling together
Dad stays nearby too but is not shown in these pictures
It's a busy life for an owl family
Watching us watching them
Hanging on in the windy desert
Staying safe from harris hawks
Whoo whoo my friends Whoo whoo
Our fluffy curious baby, still fluffy and downy but growing so fast!
Whoo Whoo
When will it fly? Will I be near? Whoo hope soooo!

Thanks Reggie for the nudge!



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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Great Horned Owls Tangle with Harris Hawks


Great Horned Owl and two Harris Hawks


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I am blessed to live in an RV below a row of palm trees that provide nesting space for a magnificent pair of Great Horned Owls and their chick.
I have a few photo's from my Canon PowerShot SD870s to share...
I wish they were better pictures as you will see.

Yesterday started quietly with my coffee and the music of birds. Our Desert Trails RV Park now an April oasis of natural sites and sounds. Gone is the bustle of the sun chasers replaced with the Sanoran desert calm all in bloom. I wasn't far into my coffee when I heard great screeching, wing flapping and angst. Aware of the owls dining on doves and sometimes rabbits these sounds were loud and unusual. Out the door I flew with my binoculars and camera.

Two Harris Hawks were buzzing our owl family! They would perch on nearby flag poles than swoop at the owls. The male owl came in on the palm tree next door to the nest too. The Owls clicked and bristled as the hawks flew in over and over without ever landing. It was a site to be seen.

It didn't take long for others in the park to show up to watch too with enough human presence to end the drama. All were relieved to watch the hawks move on and leave our owl family intact.



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Friday, April 10, 2009

Desert Botananic Garden - Animals in Bloom

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A glimpse at life at the garden ...and what I think of s my best picture yet!









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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Desert Botanical Garden Blooms!

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Make like a flower and bloom!
Day 3 @ the age of 51

I confess I am still giddy from my birthday on Monday. Moving to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona last fall overwhelms me in it's wonder and beauty. It holds in it both a starkness the desert life and a beauty of which I have never seen before. Like my own internal life I am fascinated by the complex, ever changing, bittersweet flavor of it all.

I still have so much to learn in life...to grow a quieter soul. To move a way from compulsive judging of the world and embrace an accepting heart .

How many cactus needles have pierced me this year as I learn to live in the desert? Many... As time passes less. (Thankfully I love a man that is handy with tweezers...stories for another day)
Once again I am grateful for today.

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