Great Horned Owls
Sometimes going for a short walk in nature can reap great rewards. I once came upon a pair of great horned owls raising their owlets in a “grand daddy” oak tree. These trees are also known as live oak, or Quercus virginiana. They are enormous and harbor many other species of plants that grow on the limbs. Over several weeks I returned many times to quietly observe the family. From this encounter, I began to compile photos and sketches of plants to incorporate into my painting. The owlets were tucked into a crook of the tree, and it was very difficult to see all the body parts. As immature birds, they are very fluffy.