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.
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.
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?