True Owl Story


A conversation with an old friend who lives near the island I once lived on in Washington State, brought back a vivid image, a profound feeling and an almost unbelievable story.

Believe me or not, the following incident really happened.

One afternoon I was opening a new trail in a forest thick with elderberry, cedar, hemlock, alder and blackberry vines.  In one sense, I was alone there in the wild.  In another sense, well, I’ll continue.

As I pushed branches to the side, into the underbrush, one stick sprung back and poked me in the right eye.  Intense pain filled me with fear that I had lost my eye.

Clutching my face, careful not to rub more dirt in the wound, I stumbled back to my tiny cabin.  Slowly lifting my hand away, dreading what I would find in the small mirror on the wall, I opened the eyelid and tried to focus.  Washing the eye with cold well-water, I was relieved to “see” I still had vision.

From the corner of my good eye, I saw movement in the trees just outside the open door.  Looking up, I saw a frequent visitor:  the barred owl.  She seemed especially curious, and I needed a distraction from my injury, so I brought my camera out and slowly walked nearer the branch she was perched on.

Aware I was closer than I could normally get to her, I slowly raised the camera, peering through the lens with my left eye while keeping my still-stinging right eye closed.  Showing no fear, she sat in a steady pose and as I snapped several shots both my eyes filled with tears.  Lowering the camera I stood in amazement, not believing either of my eyes.  My feathery neighbor gazed down at me with peaceful curiosity, and …

She had one eye closed … her right eye!

At that moment, I was deeply grateful for her sympathetic companionship. 

(With one eye or two, you can see the incredible moment in the slideshow.  You’ll also see my neighbor’s sharp-as-knives talons).

Nothing could bar my relation with the barred owl, my wild connection with this wonderful forest friend.

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2 comments

  1. Yes, I believe!!

    On Tue, Jul 13, 2021 at 1:23 PM Friendly Freethinker wrote:

    > Chris Highland posted: “A conversation with an old friend who lives near > the island I once lived on in Washington State, brought back an image, a > feeling and a story. Believe me or not, the following incident really > happened. One afternoon I was opening a new trail in a forest t” >

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