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A Granddaughter's Snowy Owl (poem)

Updated on November 24, 2016
A Snowy Owl
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A Granddaughter's Snowy Owl

In search of an obscure little ski area,

we drove along a snowy road on a dark

ridgeline in the Catskill Mountains where

snow fell constantly from gray-black skies,

as the wind blew swirling drifts above our

car wheels that made it hard to turn.

We found nothing but deep dark woods.

"Are we lost without a map," our little

Clare asked with a frown on her face.

"Not yet, not yet," we all responded.

At last we came upon a crossroad and

there we saw a sign for distant Albany,

and Clare shouted, "Look, a snowy owl!"

Sure enough a large white owl with bright

yellow eyes stared down at us from a pole,

seemingly questioning our wisdom of being in

such a place far from the rest of the human race.


Clare usually isn't very noticing of natural phenomena, but she sure was on target that day of the snowy owl! JUst a few weeks ago she noticed a pocket gopher burrying under a picnic table near Estes Park, Colorado.

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      Terre 5 years ago

      We see so much more when we travel with our wide-awake grandkids. Nice poem about a special moment. Thanks.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Richard. A lovely story of getting lost in the woods. Hoo-hoot! Did you also read my Hubpages on the owl family on television? I bet your grand-daughter would adore watching this owl family in the nest. Hugs, Debby

      I just went back to it and found that you read the story when first published. Bird-Watching-on-TV-Owl-Family-in-the-News-What-a-Hoot

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks, Terre. Indeed, I would have never seen that owl had it not been for Clare.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks, Debby. Thanks to Clare, I now have the snowy owl on my life bird list!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      What a great poem from the child's perspective. They rely on us 'getting it right' and not getting lost.

      The owl was right what were you doing out in those conditions lol

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks molometer. Clare certainly was more alert to nature than we were!

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      That is so great as a bird-watcher you have created a life list.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks, Debby. I started keeping one way back in the 50's.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      How many birds have you seen? Will you be sharing with us?

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I have seen in the hundreds but I just may write up an ornithological expedition I was on in Newfoundland, Canada back in 1957 (for two weeks). I believe I still have my notes of driving across Noofy from Port aux Basques to the Argentia Peninsula near St. Johns where we observed sea cliff birds for several days.

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Again a superbly written hub. Thank you.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks Hello, hello. I appreciate it.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      That would be lovely. We have all written scraps and booklets of notes from seminars, trips and workshops that get stuffed onto a shelf or into a drawer never to be seen again.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Hopefully I'll have time over the holidays to dig through my Noofy notes.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Looking forward to it. I have just written a hub from your inspiration on December 7th.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I'll check it out, Debby. Thank you very much

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I loved the unbridled rhythm and beautiful poetic narration. I loved the atmosphere and setting.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you Vinaya Ghimire, I appreciate it.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I liked it but how it ended felt sort of like a cliff hanger in a movie. Nice job though on the cool theme and how real it made me feel while reading it, it actually felt like a movie scene. Great stuff!

      Voted up on many levels. Oh and nice owl there. OvO

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks CloudExplorer. Have you seen my poem "Clouds"?

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Great poem and love the snowy owl picture!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you Ruby H Rose, I appreciate it.

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