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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Owlets and Oaks (Updated)

Charles & I went for another walk at Fontainebleau State Park (on the grounds of a former sugar plantation,) this evening, this time to see the owls' nest. There was more than that to see, of course...

Inside the newly opened visitor's center, a 600-800 year old cypress canoe.

One of dozens of crawfish holes (here in Louisiana, crawfish is "the other white meat.")

A few of the ancient, Spanish moss-draped live oak trees. (Update, June 2009; An 11x14" matte photo print of this is currently available for sale.)

For scale, here's a picture of Charles against the trunk of the tree in the foreground of the previous photo.

Spanish moss.

Great horned owlets.

25 comments:

Michelle (artscapes) said...

The owlets are amazing!! How ever did you get that photo??

Charles Gramlich said...

All very cool. I'm glad we went.

Sidney said...

That canoe is amazing. Love the pics of the trees too. Beautiful yet spooky Southern as well. Faulkneresque.

Doson said...

Everything's beautiful.
I'm impressed with that Spanish Moss & the Oaks..
I'm sure you've beautiful & relaxing places around you

Travis Erwin said...

I could do with a mess of crawdads right about now.

Erik Donald France said...

Wow. Amazing shots, amazing life.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I wish I were motivated enough to go for a walk. When it's one degree out, I don't feel like doing much of anything outdoors.

Scott said...

Lana,

Nice pics, as always! I've alwaysd liked owls...I ran across a dead owl tonight on my walk...made me sad.

Avery DeBow said...

The spanish moss photos reminded me of my first trip to Savannah. The Architect and I had wandered into a cemetery set in one of the city squares. There were all these dogs running around (dog parks were an alien thing to me at this point, and dog-park-in-cemetery was unthinkable). So, I'm looking at all the tombs of the children who'd died from some outbreak or another, feeling very sad, when this giant dog comes bounding towards me. Too afraid to move in case it startled him and made him want to have me for dinner, I just stood there and let the damn thing jump on me, smearing mud all over my light-colored pants. Once the owner removed the slobbering beast (without an apology), I grabbed a handful of spanish moss and started scrubbing away the mud. A few moments later, I hear this strange clicking sound. I look up, a handful of spanish moss still in my fist, to find one of those double-decker tourist buses parked by the curb in front of me. The clicking was the dozen or so tourists' cameras capturing mementos of the freak scrubbing her crotch in a graveyard.

Chrissy said...

Just like Michelle, I am thinking what an incredible shot of the owlets! The others are all great too but that one is amazing!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Thanks! The owlet photo was the result of a combination of;
1. The nest being in a thoroughly dead tree,
2. In the middle of a relatively open area, and
3. The awesome zoom power of the 300mm lens on my DSLR.

Charles; Me, too. That was a good time. We'll have to make plans for that picnic we've talked about.

Sidney; Thank you. The canoe was really cool to see. I'd love to touch it, but that's a major no-no, of course!

Skippy; Thanks. Relaxation is most conducive to my existence, so I made a point (when I bought my house,) to make sure it was in a lovely area with a lot of nature around. I've lived in big cities before...and never shall again!

Travis; Our town actually hosts a crawfish festival every year, actually. I'll have to find out when it is--perhaps I can do a MTM post about it!

Erik; Thanks. Nature's an amazing thing, any way you slice it. :)

JR; I don't blame you (I was much the same while in Canada, myself.) That's partially why I prefer living in the South. I'm not plasticked into my house for 7 months of solitary confinement every year anymore! :)

Scott; Dead critters are always sad, of course. Glad you liked the owls (their curiosity about us was really very precious!)

Avery; OMG!!! There's a story for the grandkids someday! <:\

Chrissy; Thanks, much! Glad you like the owlets. We were delighted to see them, ourselves. Not often do people get that kind of opportunity, y'know?

letspaintnature.com said...

Wow owlets!!!!! They're so cute! How did you find that!?! Were they just sitting out in the open? Too cool!

Lana Gramlich said...

Chris; The nest is up in a thoroughly dead tree in the middle of an open area. We'd seen people in the area before, looking up w/binoculars & such. While we were leaving (one of the last times we were there,) we stopped to ask what everyone was looking at & they told us about the nest, so we went back the next weekend & had a look for ourselves. I brought the ultra-zoom lens for my camera & voila! Owlet photos. :)

Barrie said...

In that last shot, the owls look like they've thrown on a winter coat! So....you used to live in Canada? Where? When? I'd love some details. With maple syrup on top.

Lynda Lehmann said...

Lana, thanks for the delightful post! I've never seen a crawfish hole before, so this is new to me. I've seen those stately old oaks when we went down south to see my dad, and the photo of Charles against it really shows off its massive size.

And the baby owls are such a treat. How did you find them?

And a REAL dugout canoe. :) Thanks for the tour. I'm glad you went, too!

YogaforCynics said...

Wow...love the Spanish moss photos...especially the one from below...kinda creepy, but in a good way (actually was just over at earthtoholly and she had beautifully photographed creepy trees, too...what are you people tryin' to do to me?).

Miladysa said...

Those trees and that canoe are awesome!

I had to follow that crawfish link - for a few moment I thought they were some sort of fungus LOL

Lana Gramlich said...

Barrie; Thanks!

Lynda; Glad you enjoyed. :) The nest is up in a thoroughly dead tree in the middle of an open area. We'd seen people in the area before, looking up w/binoculars & such. While we were leaving (one of the last times we were there,) we stopped to ask what everyone was looking at & they told us about the nest, so we went back the next weekend & had a look for ourselves. I brought the ultra-zoom lens for my camera & voila! Owlet photos. :)

Dr. Jay; Thanks & *LOL!* In the summers all of that drippy Spanish moss makes the trees look like they're melting in the heat. It's kind of surreal, actually.

Miladysa; No, not a fungus. More commonly referred to as "mud bugs" (not something I'd eat from that description, personally, but then again, I'm a Yankee furriner. *L*) That's why I try to provide links whenever I can. ;) Glad they proved of some use to you!

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey lovely Lana,

Beautiful pictues as always! Owls give me the creeps for some reason -- I love the way the ones look here.

earthtoholly said...

Hey Lana!

These are really great pics! I especially like the huge tree with Spanish moss. Just wonderin'...is it against the law to take moss off of the trees? I know you can buy it in craft stores or is that not the real stuff?

I know, "Google's my friend!" :o)

Steve Malley said...

I thought crawfish was the *other*, other white meat...

Loved the pix!

Barbara Martin said...

Lana, the photographs were all spectacular. The crayfish hole was news to me, and those baby owl chicks are quite cute. They had their beady little eyes on you.

Tabib said...

Great captured of owlets.

Marvin said...

Gotta love those owlets the mostest.

Dave Coulter said...

Wow! What an excellent series of pics. I especially like the canoe, the Spanish moss and the owlets!

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