When I woke up this morning, I really didn't think I'd be posting anything today. I haven't been feeling well lately and haven't been very motivated or inspired to photograph the garden or write blog posts, or really do anything at all, really. But, wandering around the garden at work today, I came upon something special and inspiring. The old adage "It's the little things..." is so oft quoted because it is so true. Even if none of the big things in life seem to be going right, if they are happening at all, you can still appreciate those small moments of humor, joy, and wonder.
Cistus Nursery has a very healthy wildlife population. Frogs and small birds of all kinds can almost always be found. Then there are the migratory birds that are still flying overhead. Hawks can be seen occasionally, as well. But owls are an unusual sight during the day anywhere, particularly in such an exposed location as that chosen by this barred owl. I'd spotted an owl flying overhead a couple times late in the evening, when it was too dark to make out more than a shadowy outline. Today, I nearly walked right under it without noticing. A glance upwards to admire the rain-streaked bark of the eucalyptus revealed it perched nonchalantly on one of the branches. It looked down at me, blinked slowly with its big, dark eyes, and dismissed me. Even an obnoxiously noisy vehicle passing along the road failed to disturb it. It was content on its perch, and confident that the land-bound had no power to harm it. How I wanted to get closer, but I remained rooted to the spot as I slowly brought out my phone to snap these shots.
I've never been so distressed not to have a longer lens, or at least a camera that would take a higher resolution photo I could crop. The digital zoom on my phone quickly becomes fuzzy, even with a steady hand, but here is what I managed to capture. Speaking of cameras, some of you may remember that I lost mine a few weeks ago and have been looking for a replacement. I have actually found one, a used Panasonic Lumix GX1, but I'm still waiting to get together with the person I'm buying it from. If only I'd had it today, I'd have a picture worth framing. Ah, but I'm trying to be more positive here. I absolutely love owls. If I collected more art or chachkies, it would be owl-themed. I watched this beautiful creature, simply admiring it for a moment. Then, worried it would disappear, quickly went to find my coworkers and Loree of Danger Garden, who happened to be visiting, to share the sight with them.
As always, Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna of Flutter & Hum.