The sun was shining so brightly today, so I took a long walk through Old Quarry Trail after work. About 50 feet in I spotted two White-Tailed Deer coming toward me on the path. I quickly realized there were about six of them wandering and grazing off the trees and ground shrubs.
Rather than shying away from me, some of them came closer to see who I was. One of them (picture below) actually approached me, and even as I backed away, she kept coming closer. I know you’re not supposed to get too close to any wild animal so I moved along.
A bit further down the path, I just happened to look up, and what I saw literally took my breath away:
I stood there, completely astounded by a magnificent Barred Owl who was nestled in the crook of a tree, squinting at me like a sleepy cat.
It was such a beautiful moment; it was so unexpected and peaceful, yet overwhelmingly emotional. I felt a little bit silly, to say the least, as I stood there in the middle of the woods, with tears starting to well up in my eyes.
It was my first time seeing an owl in the wild.