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The Wonder Of It All

The Wonder Of It All

One Christmas Holiday, a veritable swarm of black crows forced one of these magnificent animals into my hedges and it got tangled up in my Christmas Lighting. The neighbors saw it and notified me and I grabbed a white towel and went out to retrieve it. It was hanging upside down and the crows were about to attack it. When I stepped in, I was able to untangle it and I wrapped it in the towel. It's chest was heaving and I held it for some time until it was stable.

In that process, I received a gift of gratitude from that owl and I shall never forget that feeling. Becoming one with nature's creatures begins to open channels that may never have been realized before. It has contributed to giving me a personal feeling of being friends with so many of the wonders of nature. It helps me to see the real beauty in all that I take in and hopefully capture some of  it well enough to share it with you.

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Comments (22)

William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Michael Jacobs , Thank you for appreciating it Michael.

Mar 20, 2015 07:37 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Brian England , My frst encounter was with the owl ( just like this variety) that I saved from the crows. This owl was held for me to photograph at a show of wild birds held at Mount Cabrillo here in San Diego. The handler from the bird santuary heard of my story and offered to hold him for me to take his portrait.

Mar 20, 2015 07:40 AM
Linda Blumenthal
Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

Hi William Johnson.  I've seen some pretty amazing photos here on AR but I have to tell you, this one is a WOW!

Mar 20, 2015 09:43 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

William-/your photos are always breathtrakingly real but I truly loved this story because knowing you over the years with your blogging and your heart I can picture you with that owl and that brings such a smile to my face and an even deeper admiration for the person you are. God Bless you

Mar 20, 2015 10:06 AM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Very cool photo and very cool story.  I had no idea crows would attack an owl.  He shouldn't have been awake at that hour!

Mar 20, 2015 10:44 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is an interesting story, and one that will make the heart warm when ever thinking or if

Mar 20, 2015 10:53 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

William - That picture is magnificent on various levels.  First there is the expression of the owl.  It shows fatigue and gratitude at the same time.  There is also a feeling of resign to any fate that may come its way.  

If expression wasn't enough, there are the intricate details of its plummage, especially the feathers around its face.  Absolutely amazing!

Mar 20, 2015 11:06 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I love love love that photograph.  My mom will too.  I'm going to send her a link.  She collects owls and loves nature and will think it's fabulous.

Mar 20, 2015 11:52 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

William, that is a most wonderful photo. I've never seen owl feathers in such intricate detail.

Mar 20, 2015 01:16 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

William - That is a great photo, and an amazing story you have to go with it.

Mar 20, 2015 01:52 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Oh Willilam, your story of holding a wild creature in the towel until it was stable was amazing. Doing that was so very kind...

Mar 20, 2015 02:19 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

William Johnson  Magnificent picture of this Owl looks as if he has a weave around his face .What a touching story . You are so kind

Mar 21, 2015 07:28 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Amazing photo and wonderful story William, certainly a lifetime memory for both you and the owl.

Mar 21, 2015 02:12 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

William glad you were able to save the Owl and thanks to you and the neighbor...truly wonderful story...Endre

Mar 21, 2015 04:41 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning William. I too am glad that you are able to save the owl as crows are bully birds. I have seen them mob other birds of prey as well.

Mar 22, 2015 08:07 PM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

WOW that is one crazy looking bird, of prey lol.

It is simply amazing how God created everything designed for a specific purpose

Mar 23, 2015 01:19 PM
Sharon Paxson
Sharon Paxson, Realtor® EQTY Forbes Global Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi William - what a beautiful story and beautiful animal, they are incredible creatures. And so glad you saved him. 

Mar 24, 2015 01:32 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Wow William Johnson , what a wonderful creature! A very telling portrait! Nice work!

Mar 24, 2015 07:39 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Oh that owl must have been so greatful and never had a human so close. You saved his life. Wonderful photo.

Mar 29, 2015 11:28 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Beautiful story and a gorgeous photo. I remember how you started your photo journey, and boy, what a success it is

Apr 01, 2015 01:22 PM