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A small Coastal town called Saint Marys, Georgia, United States
Hi, my name is Ronnie. I am an American Contemporary Folk Artist. I conjure up images, then paint them on canvas. This makes me happy. Nice to meet you.

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Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings. - George Tooker

Friday, April 10, 2009

Who Hooed?!

See those two little bumps in the middle of the tree?
Two owl chicks! Waaaay up in a Live Oak tree. Nesting in the resurrection ferns.

This one is chowing down on leftovers left by mom the night before. I know! But that's what owls do.

Way up there. The tree is on a corner next to the elementary school on the main drag in St. Marys. I took these pictures the first week of April when I was down to do the Spring cleaning.
Younger one on the left, still quite downy. Older chick on the right. A man told me they can hatch several weeks apart. Explains why one is so much bigger. This is a good one to zoom/click on. You can see big one's yellow eye and the little one is napping leaning on his sib'.
Little one's face. Big one's bum. Looking for more chow.
I wish I had better camera skills. I walked here several times and was always surrounded by Owl Chick Fans! Tripods. Long lenses. Lots of chatter and pointing.

They never peeped that I could hear. One guy told me the mom owl (a great horned owl) came around only at dusk with a nice juicy meal for her chicks. He said he'd seen the bigger chick fly once, but not very well.
If I'd had the sense to take a shot of the scene below, you'd see lots of folks with their hands held above their eyes and pointing. Four of five tripods with cameras and traffic stopping to look.

I came back as it was getting dark, but didn't see their mom.

Look like two teddy bears.
Joe and I are going back today to stay for the Easter weekend. I'll bet they'll be flying by then.
Have a great weekend, folks!


Anne said...

Hi, Ronnie! What a spectacular, miraculous sight, right there in your neighborhood! :-)

Sarah said...

Oh these are wonderful pics hon - what a treat!!! I adore the owls and the spanish moss!! Really beautiful!! Sarah

Susan said...

These pictures are fantastic. I know you were thrilled to see them in person. Don't cut yourself short, these are great pictures. Happy Good Friday, Susan

JaxPop said...

Ronnie - The pics are great!!! Whaddya talkin' about??? I agree with Susan & I don't even know her. We were goin' up that way this weekend but forgot it was a holiday. Here in St Auggie - we're infested with tourists!! Call pest control!!! Have a great Easter.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

How completely cool that is. And that tree with the Spanish moss and resurrection ferns! What a treasure!
Lucky you!
Happy Easter!

aliceinparis said...

They are adorable! How on earth did you notice them?

Halliehoop said...

What a treat you have given us through your lense. I have always wanted to spy an owl. I will never look at a tree with resurrection ferns the same way again. Every time I will be huntin' for owls. Also learned the name of those durn ferns. (Like them when they are green but not when they are brown.) Like them better now that I know their name.

Buskitten said...

Happy Easter Ronnie! Lovely owl pics, really enjoyed them!

Anne said...

Hi again, Ronnie! How cool that the owlets are learning to fly! What a treasure to see first-hand! :-)

Julie said...

Just read through some of your wonderful blogs ~ you are so refreshing and funny ~ A welcome smile for my face in the morning...Thank you!!! I am a happy follower and you're art is beautiful too! : )

Sandy Mastroni said...

That tree needs to be vacuumed .... what is all that stuff ?
kidding > that's what ? moss ?
we don't have that here
we need an owlie update

Anonymous said...

hi ronnie! these little babies are absolutely adorable. what a nice surprise to find them and get some photos way up in that wonderful old tree! i agree with sandy - we need updates! big hug, deborah

Renee said...

Ronnie well that was my nature walk for the day. Fantastic.

So amazing and I am sending you eneergy to get all your work ready for the show.

Love Renee xoxo

Together We Save said...

These pictures are amazing. The ivy and moss are beautiful.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

awwww wonderful pictures!!!

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