Monday, January 23, 2012

The Snowy Owl

Detail from The Dream by Robert Bissell, 2011, oil on canvas

I am reading this morning of the unusually large numbers of Snowy Owls that have been appearing in the United States as part of the normal irruption that takes place every few years.   These most beautiful owls are rarely seen in warm climates but this year one was spotted at the Honolulu airport and promptly shot for being a hazard to planes.  I am flying to Hawaii in a couple of days and was thinking of having a talking to the airport authorities there about their seemingly hasty action.  On second thoughts however, I realized that if one of these unfortunate birds ended up in my planes intake I would be relieved that the marksman for the FAA had done his job!

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear about the snowy owl's fate in Hawaii; a sad end to what must have been a heroic journey. Amazing that animals can continue to thrive despite us humans. Great painting.