Wait, wouldn't you like to see my owl photos first? Sure, you would! (Go ahead, scroll down and see if you won, but don't forget to come back and look at my owl photos!)
The blogger who won has a wonderful quote from the Book of Isaiah at the top of that blog:
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall. But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Can you possibly see how thrilled I was to be holding this owl on my arm? (Richard took a closer view of the same owl in the first photo.) It was a large owl but it was so light on my arm, the heavy glove seemed to weigh more. Guess that is what is meant by as "light as a feather"! And just to say, I am a lousy actress, you can tell just from my face if I like something or not, I can't hide my emotions!
It's true that I see heart shapes everywhere but this is ridiculous! This is a barn owl and is very common in many countries of the world. Look at that face and those feathers! This owl and the next one that I will show you were in the AWARE Tent. I have written of AWARE before, it is right beside where we park when we go on our walks at Arabia Mountain. AWARE rescues injured animals from the wild, nurses them back to health and then releases them back into the wild after they have recovered. Those that are not able to be released are used for educational purposes, like this owl above. This beautiful creature's mate had been killed by a man with a shovel. Neighbors saw what was going on and prevented this owl's death, but she was wounded and will never fly again. This saddens me more than I can tell you. http://awareone.org/ I have given you the link for AWARE if you would like to read more.
See the large talons, and this side view shows the beautiful feathers.
Wait, until you see this next little fellow...
This is an eastern screech owl and is one of the smallest owls in North America. This one had been shot and also could never fly again.
Look how little it is compared to the barn owl!
WHO WHO WHO won the giveaway? The winner of the $21.00 Amazon gift certificate is...
Connie from Nonnie's Random Thoughts! Please contact me Connie, so that I may set up this Amazon gift for you! www.nonniesmemoriesblogspot.com Congratulations!
And a big thank you for all those who left a comment, there were 31 names in the straw bowl and I appreciate you all!