Twilight Walk

My husband and I have been trying to walk every night around 8.  It’s about the only time we can physically stand it.  Daytime temps here have been in the mid to upper 90s with triple digit heat indexes.  Yes, the humidity is unbearable.  Yesterday the heat index got up to 108.  Walking outside in heat and humidity like that is like walking into an oven.

Twilight is my most favorite time to walk, not only because it’s bearable (we got a late afternoon rain shower which cooled it down to 80), but because all the crepuscular creatures make their appearance.  We usually see deer, bats darting and diving above us going after mosquitoes, owls, and lately we’ve seen a skunk.  Tonight we smelled the skunk but never saw it.  I like when the soft glow of lamps start to light up people’s homes.  It makes me feel all warm and cozy.

Our street at twilight

crepuscular light through trees

This sycamore tree (illuminated with a flash) is a popular tree for a pair of nesting hawks and has been every single year I’ve lived in this neighborhood. I’ve seen the hawks this year but no nest.

Just about every night we see owls.  Lately it’s been a barn owl who makes hissing noises at us.  He/she is large and what a beauty!   It lets itself be known to us as it always flies just in front of us and swoops low so I figure there’s nestlings somewhere close and the owl is warning us that this is owl territory and we better not come too close.

Image by Gayle Mowat from Pixabay

Tonight we left a little earlier to try to get a photo of the barn owl.  On our first stroll up the road we didn’t see an owl but we did see a deer.  It was too far away and too dark to photograph.

On the way home, there was a large Barred owl up on the wire.  It was calling to a mate across the street.  It was getting pretty dark by this point and the camera didn’t want to focus but I aimed upwards and and shot.  It flew off towards his mate right after I snapped the last shot.

Oh, how I love those eyes. I tried taking the red eyes out.

B-O-R-I-N-G.  He looks like an owl with cataracts now.

Don’t you just love owls?

Gail ♥ 

About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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5 Responses to Twilight Walk

  1. Relax... says:

    Wonderful photos! And yes, I’ve always loved owls, too. We went through a few high 90s/high heat index days (and humid nights) — I’d go nuts if it were longer than that! Even with A/C one is not comfortable at night. Stay well, enjoy your twilight walks, and thank you for sharing! ❤

    • Gail says:

      July and August are brutal here. Our AC has been running constantly. I just hope it holds out during this heatwave. The rain was a welcome relief yesterday and my sick and wilted hydrangeas were grateful. Today it is ONLY 87 with a 100 degree heat index and believe me, that feels like a cold wave!

  2. I love the owl pictures, Gail

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