A Hidden Treasure

I wouldn’t have seen this hidden treasure if it hadn’t been for another photographer. My wife, some friends of ours, and I were driving into Ft. Clinch State Park at the north end of Amelia Island, Florida, when we noticed a woman with a huge lens on a tripod aimed at a tree.

That could mean only one thing: she was photographing a bird. I parked and exited the van, eager to know what her subject was. She had me look through her long lens. This beautiful Great Horned Owl stared back at me.

I quickly pointed my camera at this beautiful bird and carefully snapped away. I quietly thanked the woman for graciously sharing her find with me. Thanks to her, I was also able to view this superb owl resting in the fork of a live oak tree.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2022

Author: Bruce Stambaugh

Writer, marketer, columnist, author, photographer, birder, walker, hiker, husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, township trustee, converted Anabaptist, community activist, my life is crammed with all things people and nature and wonder. My late father gave me this penchant for giving and getting the most out of life, my late mother the courtesy, kindness, and creativity to see the joy in life. They both taught me to cherish the people I am with. I try and fail and try again.

12 thoughts on “A Hidden Treasure”

  1. That’s awesome!

    On Sat, Feb 26, 2022 at 1:52 PM Roadkill Crossing wrote:

    > Bruce Stambaugh posted: ” I wouldn’t have seen this hidden treasure if it > hadn’t been for another photographer. My wife, some friends of ours, and I > were driving into Ft. Clinch State Park at the north end of Amelia Island, > Florida, when we noticed a woman with a huge lens on” >

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  2. A sleepy owl. Sweet photo. That reminds me, do you see bald eagles around here? There’s a nest up on I- 66 near milemarker 30.6 or so, going east, where there’s a giant nest in a tree, off the road maybe 50 yards. The nest is easiest to see in winter. We got to see an eagle last Sat morning as we traveled to Falls Church. But I’m never quick enough for a photo. And it’s not a good place to stop. But we love looking out for him/her. I assume there’s a pair.

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