Hiding in Shadows

Forest Park Owls

Forest Park Owls

I took this photograph on Saturday, while Anne and I were bicycling in the park. Pictured is one of the Forest Park owls, but I couldn’t tell which one it was. It was either Charles or Sarah, a mating pair of Great Horned owls that have been active in the park for many years. It was the middle of the day and the owl was almost invisible to the naked eye, way back in the recesses of its nest. It was hiding in shadows, which is an old D&D phrase. I had to go +3 stops to bring it out of the shadows. Those three stops, plus maximum zoom meant that I had to brace the camera against a tree to get this photo. A nice young couple strolled by and asked us what we were doing, we got the opportunity to amaze them.

First Snow

Great Blue Heron in a Snowstorm

Great Blue Heron in a Snowstorm

After Friday night’s extravaganza, the rest of our weekend was rather low key, but we didn’t just kvetch, we got out. On Saturday, we walked to the high school for the annual pancake breakfast. Anne was of course the belle of the ball there. There was a dusting of snow later on Saturday, but there was no real accumulation. When we walked again on Sunday, the snow was more vociferous. We drove to Forest Park and then hiked from there. My colleague, Timothy, jogged by us while we were playing iBird calls on Owl Hill. He was running his buns off. We were looking for Charles and Sarah, all to no avail. It was the middle of their night and there were still too many leaves on the trees. Charles and Sarah are two Great Horned Owls that have inhabited that portion of park for many years. Do two owls make a parliament? We did see this Great Blue Heron. After tromping around in the wet snow for an hour or two, we stopped in at the Boathouse for some raspberry hot chocolate. The raspberry flavoring came via a liqueur, so it really warmed you up. We also split a dish of bread pudding, which was smarter than each of us ordering one, because there was a lot of it.