Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Winkin', Blinkin' and Bobbin'


My little visitors returned today... They absolutely delight me!!  The young one had his "ears" up today... and he is just so stinkin' cute!!   I could stand in my office and look at him through the window.  There was a screen, a glass pane and two feet separating us.  He could hear me talking and would just lean his head attentively.  We had quite a long visit.  He would wink and blink and bob his head.  Lots of little antics were exchanged between the two of us.   Pure joy!!


Finally, I went outside with my camera and he graced me with a few more photos... well, a lot.  But, I won't bore you with all of them.  He is just losing his soft fuzziness... Such beautiful eyes!  And, that beak is pretty wicked looking from the side.  Let there be no doubt, he is a bird of prey.


Check out these talons!!  Little baby owl will be meaning business soon.


For now, he seems to be curiously learning about his surroundings under the watchful (even if trying to nap) eyes of his Mom (or maybe Dad).  I am so grateful for the pleasure of their visits.

Melissa identified these guys as Eastern Screech Owls.  Thank you so much, Melissa.



Finished knitting this while visiting with the owls.  ;) 


I have it blocking and drying now.  The pattern is Wingspan by maylin tan of Tri'Coterie Designs.


The yarn is Noro Silk Garden Sock:  40% lamb's wool, 25% silk, 25% nylon and 10% kid mohair.


I'm enjoying the swirls of color!!  Can't wait for it to dry!!

blessings and wishes for owl-induced-like joy in your lives ~ tanna

51 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

you got some GREAT photos of this young one! holy moly! he's spectacular! i'd be giddy, too!

Kate I said...

These are fantastic pictures of your feathered visitors! How perfect that they chose to roost in a tree so close to your window.

We have owls in the woods behind our place and although I often hear them at night, I seldom see them.
This is what "our" owls look like and the sound they make sounds like "who cooks for you".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fppKGJD3Y6c&feature=related

Susan said...

Wonderful photos...and that shawl...wow. Love the colors.

Kate I said...

...and your shawl is amazing...what gorgeous colors and an amazing pattern. Interesting that you were knitting a pattern called "wingspan" while the owls came to call!

(and I forgot to mention that the owls we have here on Vancouver Island are the Barred Owls.

twoknitwit said...

I agree with Kate ~ how fitting that you finished 'wingspan' while conversing with your new feathered friends ~ I think they like your company and will be back again ;)

fantastic photos, tanna!!
Melissa

Donna said...

You will always remember that Winkin', Blinkin' and Bobbin' were visiting when you finished this particular shawl. Your pictures are amazing. How tall are these guys? And those talons....yikes! Send pictures to Little Man to show him how cool owls are and he'll be begging for a hoot hat of his very own.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great shots of the owls. What fun seeing them so closely.

Deb said...

what a nice visit with a new friend...those colors are just beautiful...my daughter is learning to knit...

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

How amazing those owls are! I'd love to have those out in my backyard.

Chatty Crone said...

I love that shawl. You are the most talented person I know. And that owl is just awesome. sandie

Amanda said...

Ooo - I can't believe you got so many great shots - AGAIN! Those owls are SO beautiful. And so is the latest knitting project. I love those swirls, too. Can't wait to see a pic of it being modeled. =) xoxoxo

Kerin said...

Wow Tanna,
You were able to get some amazing pictures of those owls.
That adult owl has such intense eyes!!

Love the new project that you made.
Will you need to block dry it each time it is washed?

Hope you have a lot more owl-induced joy :)

Smiles :)
Kerin

Betsy Brock said...

Fascinating! I wouldn't be able to leave that window either! Oh, they are so very cool!

podso said...

Did you notice one pupil larger than the other? Maybe closer to the light. How fascinating. Your new piece is lucious looking. Maybe you should call it "ode to owl".

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your screech owl visitor looks so intelligent! What a delight to have him grace your backyard tree! I love your photos of him!

Your swirly shawl is absolutely gorgeous! It will a wearable rainbow, Tanna.

Ginny said...

Your new piece is amazing, I have never seen anything like it!!! I hope you will model it for us. I could never get tired of the owls, you could post a hundred pictures of them. I think from now on, you will be known as "The Owl Whisperer"!!!

The Jones Family said...

Great pictures of the owls and you shawl is absolutely beautiful. You are very talented! Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Oh wow! These are the neatest owl photos I've seen! Thanks for sharing these. The shawl is very beautiful, too. Hope we get to see it being worn, I'm sure it will be stunning.
Enjoy the rest of your week!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm so glad you shared the owl photos. Such a fluffy little creature and....those eyes! You have another lovely shawl in your wardrobe. The colors are wonderful.

Best,
Bonnie

Debbie said...

I love the Wingspan pattern, and the colors are gorgeous.

As for the Hooter, I just love the shots you got. I was telling Miss Whimsy (my fellow bird watcher) about your previous post and the way you caught such awesome shots of him. She said that she loves owls because they just look "smart". I do believe she's right. I wonder if that's why we always associate them with wisdom.

A snowy owl, we decided, is like the smart girl in the class. She's just as lovely as a swan, but her type of beauty is often overlooked. We think and talk like that at our house. I have two snowy owls, and I think they are lovely.

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, That little owl is just loving his visits with you. He is enjoying his picture being taken too!
I am so glad for the treat of his visits with you.
It is very appropriate that you finished your beautiful shawl "wingspans" while this beautiful bird is visiting. Have a great day dearest. Catherine xo

Jen Price said...

Those swirls are beautiful! Love your owl captures.

Stephanie V said...

Catching up and I'm so glad i didn't miss this post! Your baby screech owl is adorable. Oh, I know he's a raptor and all that but, did I say he's adorable? And your photos. Lucky you to have that show goin' on while you knit up that fantastic shawl. I'm going to go find me some Noro. I have my mag on the way...hope there's a pattern like that in it. Beautiful, as always, Tanna!

Tricia Hays said...

What a gorgeous owl & get a load of those eyes & those talons... absolutely gorgeous!!! =)

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Love the tales of the owls! There is something so enigmatic about these fowl--they REALLY do look wise, don't they?
We twice were visited by a great horned owl at the back of our yard where the cleared area meets the woods. My hubby called me to look out the patio doors and it was so big, at first I thought it must be a dog, but then it slowly lifted and seemed to drift up to the upper limbs of the pine tree!
V

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

We love raptors at our house and you are incredibly lucky to have them visit you multiple times! You are blessed indeed. Great photos too. Tanna rocks!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Your hootie hat and your wingspan shawl all tie in nicely with your recent feathered friends. Those owlets are so cute, but the daddy sure looks grouchy. Ha! I love the beautiful swirly colors of that shawl. Have a great weekend. Tammy

Jerry said...

Wow Tanna - Owls are my all-time favourite birds and I'd SOOOO love to see these birds. Also, your incredible swirls of colour are stunning - I've never seen anything quite like it - a true work of art!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Oh my gosh... that is so pretty, Tanna! Love the colors. And the owl photos... amazing. Simply amazing. How wonderful to watch them and even be able to capture them in photos!

Cindy said...

Your Owl friends are amazing! And you got such fabulous shots! What a blessing it must have been for you to enjoy their company. Wow!!!
Your shawl is gorgeous, the pattern is so lovely, you can wear it with so many nice colours, too.
Have a good weekend, my friend.
Hugs, Cindy

Cindy said...

Your Owl friends are amazing! And you got such fabulous shots! What a blessing it must have been for you to enjoy their company. Wow!!!
Your shawl is gorgeous, the pattern is so lovely, you can wear it with so many nice colours, too.
Have a good weekend, my friend.
Hugs, Cindy

Debbie said...

Love the owls! LOVE the shawl MORE! Ok...How much would an identical shawl cost me? Gotta have one of those! I'm serious. If you knit one, I'll have to come down there! :)
XO

Mary said...

What wonderful photos. I could spend more time than the clock allows watching the antics of the young of any species. I'm so glad you shared your photos with us. The shawl is gorgeous, Tanna. A beautiful one of a kind creation. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Deborah said...

Those owl pictures are unbelievable, and your Wingspan is beautiful! You do fast work! Wasn't it fun to knit?

Kelly said...

I'm so mesmerized by looking at your owl pics! I've never seen any around here. Your shawl makes me think of bird wings too! Perfect for this post. Ha!

JH said...

Tanna! You have managed to knit wing span in the time it has taken me to finish one sock and add 1" to the shawl I am working on! How do you do it! I LOVE LOVE the Noro and how the colors play into the movement of the piece. Is this how it came off of the skein? Of all the wingspans I have seen, this is my favorite! Can't wait to see how it drapes when you wear it. I know the silk garden must feel glorious!

Stitchfork said...

What great photos! And you are truly a wizard with needles and yarn!
xo Cathy

California Girl said...

Now I know why you're into Hoot Hats.

These little fellas are beautiful.

Dianne said...

What a treat to have these owls for your very own personal visit! I love the shawl! Amazing design and colors!

Pondside said...

We often forget that the Wise Old Owl of stories is quite a hunter - that little fellow will be doing some serious hunting soon.
Your newest project is beautiful. What will you wear it with?

steph said...

those owl shots are absolutely award winning! WOW!!! And wingspan---how appropriate-is gorgeous! Now I'm going to have to add that to my unending queue, too!!!!

Wanda said...

What a perfect combination, awesome owl shots, and a shawl that has wings....

You are one special and talented lady...What a great share today.

Ana said...

What a great shot of your cute little visitor. And that shawl is gorgeous. Maybe this summer I will attempt to knit again :-) Wishing you a beautiful day my friend.

Much love,
Ana

swanski said...

He is beautiful! Great photos of nature. Love your wingspan, I haven't knit that pattern as of yet.

vicki said...

Oh my goodness- how lucky are you to have this sweet little guy as a visitor. He is beautiful!!
Oh I love Noro yarn- yet another obsession!

Beautiful girlfriend!!
Vicki

Kathy said...

I love that last picture of the owl. It looks like it has its nose all scrunched up just daring you to take one more picture!

Annmarie Pipa said...

wow!! that is so absolutely incredible! those amazing eye!! what great pictures!

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello very welcome!
I am enchanted by your blog and great posts.
It is beautiful!

Brian Christopher said...

Love the owl! Especially the "snarl" :)

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

I have NEVER seen such wonderful photos of an owl!!! WHAT AN AMAZING MIRACLE to watch them Tanna!

The shawl is WONDERFUL...I am ALWAYS partial to the "brights!"

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

I am so jealous! Owls are so cool!
-Trish

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