It was a gorgeous, still dawn. I wanted to catch the sunrise before it got too far up in the sky so I pulled over onto a gravel road. While I was taking the above photos, two men with a trailer pulled up to round up some cattle that had gotten out. I didn't take any pictures of their efforts because I figured they were aggravated enough, already.
By the time I got to the property, the sky was bluing up but you could still see the moon:
The leaves are just starting to bud but it is still pretty bare:
I didn't realize, at first, that something was on it, watching me. Look where the yellow arrow is pointing, below:
Yup. A Great Horned Owl that I didn't notice until it reared up and glared at me. It took off and I immediately started snapping shots. They are out of focus but you can still see that it is carrying something huge:
I climbed up on the machinery to see if there was some guts or something (yeah, I'm gross) and lo and behold, a nest!
The eggs were roughly the size of very large chicken eggs - rounder, though. And heavy. I moved one but put it right back and left them alone.
As soon as I took the pictures, I immediately tried to spot where the owl flew by running around to the side of the machine. It was gone, however, and I have no idea how it could have disappeared that fast so it may have been hiding in the tall grass.
Here was another casualty of nature:
Something a bit prettier, but still losing its seeds:
After a couple of hours I loaded up to head home. Here is a section line road about a mile south:
There was a grass fire not far from there that was sending smoke over and darkening the sky.
The girls loved the antler I brought home:
Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl