A follow-up to my previous Christmas Ornaments post:
Mum told me that this feathery owl is the very first ornament she bought for herself — at age fourteen — which also started her bird collection. Owls are very much a special animal for her, and clearly always have been!
Ravenna and Cowen Parks is one of my favorite places in Seattle. They connect into one long narrow park, along one edge of the U-District and the neighborhood of Ravenna; basically a ravine the formed due to melt-off from the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, that has been allowed to remain native forest in the middle of city and neighborhoods, with a small open field at each end.
My first apartment was just a couple blocks from the Cowen Park end. Coming here to wander the trails, be among nature, let the city noises fade and my stress melt away…it was my retreat and re-energizer, and kept me sane making the transition from country girl to city living.
So of course this was one of the first places I wanted to go when I came back for my visit. I loved walking along the familiar paths, sharing my stories of the parks with the friend I was staying with, and getting to see results of the project to restore native plants.
And we discovered a surprise daytime appearance up in the trees, too: