It should come as no surprise at this point, but I love nature. And that’s not just limited to great landscape scenes. I also love the animals that I get to see with my own eyes in the landscapes of the world. So whenever I’m at the Devil’s Punchbowl over in Pearlblossom, California I always take some time to visit with the resident owl. Apparently, this owl was injured when very little and has imprinted himself on human beings. So because he might not survive out in the wild they setup a nice home for him right near the entrance to the area. Personally, my first though when seeing an animal cooped up it’s a bit of a bummer. But when the story is something like the one of this owl, then it’s easy to understand. And it’s also nice to see him whenever I enter and exit the Punchbowl.
Actually, I forget if this particular owl is a male or female, and what his/her name is. But I’m sure I’ll be back there again soon to find out that info.
Close Up And Personal
At the time I took this shot, I had my wide angle lens on. Which actually worked out nicely for me this time. This guy was perched, as you can see, near the fence. The way the branch grew, it had grown near the corner of the fenced area. And this guy (or gal) like to hang around near the fence. At least for the times I’ve been there. So with the wide angle lens I was able to get the center of my glass through a fence hole cleanly. And because I was wide, I had plenty of room to be able to get a full body profile in the frame.
And because I’m shooting with the Sony A7R, I had a lot of resolution to play with which is what led to the following crop:
I just loved how his eyes were focused and staring right at me. So I couldn’t resist making a close up cropped copy of the image. Zoomed in this close, it’s easy to see a very small chip on his beak. It’s not that big and doesn’t seem to bother him, but I would be curious to hear the story behind it. I’ll probably try to get a photo of this owl again during my next visit. Hopefully one with his beak wide open. I tried a few times to time it for when he hooted, but I just couldn’t time it right. But as long as he’s there, I’ll always pay this owl a visit. And whenever I visit, I’ll try to get another portrait of him.