Junior Grows Up, Great Horned Owl juvenile

Junior Grows Up

Juvenile Great Horned Owl, Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus NM

May 8, 2013

Junior Grows Up

Junior, offspring of Hoo and his partner, is growing like a weed. This kid is so nearly full grown I didn’t recognize her/him when I showed up at Pancho Villa to see how the family was doing. I mistook Junior for an interloper. Their nest was gone from the pine and three owls were hanging out in the cottonwoods across the way. It wasn’t until I got the chance to photograph them after the wind calmed down a couple days later that I realized who the interloper was - it’s Junior, now nearly full grown in just the four weeks since I had last seen that tiny little fur-ball under Momma’s wing. A diet of fresh White-winged Dove sure puts on the pounds in a hurry.

Painting a picture

This is the third photograph/painting I've posted here that I’ve messed with using a sketching and painting app on my iPad. The first was the Red-winged Blackbird, followed by the Great Egret.

This app, Procreate is the bee’s knees. It’s the first sketching and painting app I’ve found for the iPad which works in a way I find intuitive and infinitely customizable. I’ve tried many and have found them all lacking in some way. This one I’m having some fun with.

I stumbled on this app in a tweet by Fraser Speirs, Head of Computing and IT at Cedars School of Excellence, a private school in Scotland, who is using it in their innovative school-wide 1:1 iPad deployment program.

If you have an iPad and an interest in trying some sketching or painting on it you might check out Procreate in the App Store.