31 Aug American Gothic | Aug. 2015
Before Grant Wood painted American Gothic there was another famous couple.
If you were fortunate, you might have heard them calling to each other after sunset.
They really do make a “Whoooo” sound. It’s almost a bit creepy, especially in the dark.
In this photo, there are some notable differences.
First, he’s on the left (instead of on the right as in the painting) and she’s on the right.
Second, male owls are smaller than female owls. So you might have heard the expression, “Don’t mess with mother owl” because she’s a tough, no-nonsense bird.
And finally, he’s not holding a pitchfork because, well . . . , Great Horned Owls don’t have hands and they don’t need farm tools. They manage quite well with their talons.
Otherwise, they appear as happy as the couple in the painting.
By the way, owls can be difficult to find because they hide quite well in trees during the day. And then they fly silently after dark. This puts them at the top of the bird food chain.
So here is a rare view of this magnificent bird.
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I took this photo at the Casa de San Pedro B&B – www.bedandbirds.com
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