Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Owl….no barn…no owl…hunt


Sunday morning, in preparation for the Super Bowl, I left home with my camera.

Multiple barns make for an efficient shot.

OK. So maybe it didn’t have anything to do with the Super Bowl, maybe it was just me wanting to get out of the house for a little bit. With a camera and nowhere specific to go.

Artsy-fartsy sun on pole. No owl.

A friend had told me about a snowy owl that she’s seen a few times over near Katie’s vet. Lots of open fields and telephone poles out that way so I figured maybe I would finally see a snowy owl if I headed in that direction.

So I did.

Barn with multiple additions.

And I might have seen one. Something kind of large flew directly over the car, while I was still on the freeway. I only caught a glimpse of the underside, the same color as the light grey sky, it blended into the nothingness above me and then disappeared. It might have been a hawk. But it felt more round than a hawk in flight would be.

Starting to snow again.

Anyway, when I got to the town nearest the vet I entered a pretty heavy snow squall. It was hard to see anything, and I was trying to figure out if I should just turn around and go home. How in the world would I see a white owl in a blizzard?

Hard to see a white barn in a blizzard too.

I crept along, passed Katie’s vet and turned south on the next big road, looking for the small rural road she said the owl had been seen on. It seemed sort of far, and figuring I had missed it, I stopped looking at the street signs just about the time I passed the road.

Darn it all.

But sometimes it was sunny.

So I drove on to the next road and a place to turn around. But what was that over there? A very nice barn? Well, might be I should just go over there first and then go back and find that owl road.

White barn, white fence, white snow.

And up there at the next, quite far away, corner, well that looks like a good barn too. And wait, over there, I need to see what’s over there for sure. Good thing the snow let up.

White on white.

And that’s how it went. On my way back to the road that might or might not have an owl I kept finding more barns. And the snow came and went.

Still pretty.

Sometimes on the left would be sunshine and blue sky while on the right a blizzard raged.

Another version of red, white and blue.

I eventually did wander down the road I had originally intended to explore. Never did see an owl of any color. Saw a couple turkeys cross the road, but they didn’t want their pictures taken.

Such a pretty farm.

And then I turned a corner and saw the sweetest little barn with a dormer. Something niggled at me and then I remembered. I’d been by this exact barn about a month ago. I had no idea where I was by then, but I knew if I was repeating barns it was time to head for home.

Why do you look so familiar?

I have to say this adventure was mostly a barn hunt on which I might have seen a snowy owl float overhead for a moment. In fact I think I’ll just say that’s what it was.

Yep. I saw a snowy owl on Sunday, and I got home in time to watch the game too.

Last year’s corn, this year’s snow.


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

29 thoughts on “Owl….no barn…no owl…hunt

  1. Nice barn hunt with the possibility of owl fly by 😉 The barns are pretty, though.


    • Lots of pretty barns around here, no matter which direction I drive. I’ve only been to NH once, as a kid when my grandpa lived there for a few years. I remember barns there too though. I might have been a barn lover as young as 10.


  2. You have so many barns–pretty ones, too. We have to head way out of town to find even one barn. I so enjoy these photos.


  3. So many beautiful barns. It’s your story, you can tell it anyway you want!


  4. Any excuse to hunt for barns, right? Well, I’m hooked! I especially like the barn with the additions. Seems like a good way to expand. I’d have been happy to see the turkeys, too, but I appreciate their not wanting to pose in the snow.


  5. Good for you!


  6. I actually enjoy that kind of weather, snow squalls mixed with sun. I also enjoyed your owl/barn hunt, too. 🙂


  7. Those are some fabulous barns. The combination of snow and corn brought my dad and uncles to mind; they always had at least one pheasant hunt in late fall, and he’s always bring home ears or corn gleaned from the fields for the squirrels.

    I was sure you’d be participating in the event I just learned about: the hunt for the Superb Owl! Some birder got clever and rearranged the letters of ‘Super Bowl.’

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  8. Wonderful pictures of barns and farms! You certainly have some beauties in your area.


  9. Love this!! Snowy barns and sunny barns. Since I never see snow your photos and all the barns around where you live are amazing and so FUN!! 🤩


  10. As much as I enjoy your images of barns, the few shots of the fields really had me feeling the day. The bits of sun but still hazing and overcast while snowing. The last one is a favorite (probably because I would have grabbed the same view… lol).


  11. Awesome photos! Thank you for sharing! 😊


  12. Such pretty barns, I enjoyed your trip into the country!


  13. Love the barn forays, always gorgeous pics.


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