This young Barred Owl was too focused on its hunt to pay much attention to me. Earlier this spring an older Owl would give me no such courtesy for a shot. I have no doubt an adult was close by – verified by another hiker later. Its survival will depend on its ability to earn its meal. Until then it’ll need supplemental feeding from its parents. Reminds me of an old Sunday School song.
He’s Still Working On Me
He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be…
There really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part
But I’ll be better just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands
… How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me.
Another Sunday Scene
A rather obscure little pond produces some viewing treasures for that very reason. A Green Heron scouted the pond from the tree tops before flying in to snap up some tadpoles or other delights. Later, it took a gap in the brush for me to look through and spot it on this branch. An Elderberry Bush concealed me with its lacy white crown – a spot to keep an eye on latter this summer. A perfect Friday Friend and Flower combo.
Hiking at first light, I captured this damselfly soon after it emerged from the wetlands. Still largely translucent, not much of its characteristic color and marking are on display.
I’m expanding Friday’s theme for the summer as the life cycle peaks. This Azure Bluet Damselfly left the pond and flew into the woods to hunt and so my capture is along the trail. The meadow flowers are at their peak now. This delicate yellow flower with deeper colored center and heart shaped petals caught my attention hanging out with the daisies.