Boho living happens when you open your eyes and realize they were closed for so long. Hence, the story of the Owl Couple.
A few weeks ago, I was sitting out back with my husband, enjoying an adult beverage, and it was a chilly evening in Florida, starting to drop into the 60’s (I know – this is cold if you live here). Anyway, we kept hearing this odd bird call, nothing like the mockingbirds, doves, wild canaries, or blue jays which nest in our little boho oasis. My husband finally goes out to explore and swears he sees an owl couple in our areca palms (our natural fence line – it’s a beast that survived hurricane Irma).
I thought, well, we have no area for burrowing owls and really, two? About an hour goes by and I go out to explore and there she was, just a little gal, no bigger than my hand. I was so amazed at the beauty. I also realized we had heard that sound for quite some time, but because we fail to stop, listen, and observe our surroundings due our busy day, she was probably a frequent visitor all along.
As the afternoon starts to fade into dusk, I head back out and right in front of me, the little girl was perched more toward the outside branches. Out of the areca palms, the mate swoops down, quickly mates and they fly off together. I sat, in complete awe of what I had just witnessed. I have painted owls as a general subject matter for a decade and have never seen a sight like this. At this point, I think, they will fly off and nest somewhere on the golf course nearby.
The lesson to this story is if I had not stopped, listened, been open-minded and unwound out of my proverbial business head, I would have missed everything. Another reason why we started our company was to share the beauty of bohemian living. Stop, look, listen and a world of wonder will be in front of you without even leaving your space. We believe the couple is now nesting here and we hope to see some owlets soon. Stay tuned.
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