Great Horned Owlets

Great Horned Owls

Great Horned Owls © 2013 Bo Mackison

It’s note-worthy when golfers stop their game long enough to stare into the high boughs of a nearby cottonwood. Not that they watched for long, but I watched foursome after foursome check out the tree top as they queued for their tee-time. (I had been given a hint as to the owls’ whereabouts by a dear neighbor who knows my penchant for photography.) Lucky for me, I knew where to look!

What a thrill! Two Great Horned Owlets, not quite ready to fledge their nest. They kept their backs towards me and their feathers over their heads as I aimed my long lens towards their nest, but when Sherpa made a sort of screeching sound, they popped up and kept a steady eye on that screeching human on the ground. Plenty of time for me to take a few baby portraits.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  She explores Arizona with her camera, aided by neighbors’ helpful hints and Sherpa’s noise-making abilities.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Very cool. I’d love to see those in person.

  2. What a pleasure!

  3. WOW!! This is absolutely incredible. I’ve never seen an owl in real life. Lucky…lucky you!!!

  4. KathyAnne says:

    Wow! I miss my owl babies that I followed 3 years ago! Last summer the top of the tree that held their nest broke off in a storm. Several weeks ago in the middle of the night, an owl hooted strongly right over my sleepily-awakened head — saying, I am sure: hello! I’d be back with new babies IF ONLY my nest were still useable! I hope she found a spot for a new nest, and I wish I knew where it were. In the meantime, I love your photo!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thank, KathyAnne. It was a real treat seeing these babies, even though they eyed us with menace while we lingered near their tree. Beautiful birds. NA when the one spread his wings — wow!

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