Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Owl Chronicles.....options

Each spring for the past several years I have watched the same hawks nest. I watch the adults add twigs to the remains of last years crumbling home, I watch them bolster and fluff, carefully adding sticks to the place they will stay for the next several months. The nest is near the top of a tall and spindly eucalyptus nestled in a small grove on an offshoot to a trail I like to hike. This spring something was amiss and I realized I had not seen the hawks busying around the nest, all was too quiet. I made frequent visits and through my long camera lens I could see downy gray lumps protruding from the rim of the nest and it wasn't until I got back home and reviewed the pictures that I saw one adult owl standing in plain sight next to the dwelling, they are incredible at blending. A family of Great Horned Owls had stolen the hawks nest and were raising their brood. I made trips up to see them many times in the months that followed and shared them on my blog, my readers began calling these entries, "The Owl Chronicles".


It was fascinating to watch the chicks grow and learn how to fly, an experience I'm positive I will never forget. I hike the same trails often and have not glimpsed a single one of them now that they are all on their own however when I'm out I don't think a morning passes that I don't find at least one of their feathers. I know they are hunting the hills at night and it fills my imagination to wonder what it would be like to be an owl, wouldn't you like to try it for a night, I would.


I've been wanting to make this ring for a while but I was looking for just the right lapis, with glittering pyrite, deep juicy, yummy blue. I made the stars and created the entire ring from scratch except for the stone that came from the Earth, somewhere in Afghanistan.


I patterned the band with a feather....to remember the night hunters as an homage to the owls.


The band is graduated, this ring is shorter in proportion than my last rings, the face of the ring measures 3/4 in. square, beautiful, comfortable and..........


*the completed ring is sold, two stones are claimed.

order-able. The ring pictured is a size 8.25 but I have three more similar beautiful stones, if you want one made in your size. I will be offering these for a short time on etsy and obviously here before I move on. Yes moving on is the nature of this beast, I get a little bored sitting with a design for too long, I want to explore and expound, to see what's around the next corner.

If you are interested and would like to reserve a stone, you know how to reach me.

*Please note, the ring faces will be similar, I am Ro not robot so the size of the stars and placement will be slightly different on each ring. Revisions will not be made on the band style.


*sold
Before I started my studio revamp I also started this ring with a pretty Priday Plume Agate collected at Richadsons Ranch just outside of Madres Oregon. I started the ring along with it's sister.....


pictured here. The band style will practically be identical.


If you are interested in the Priday ring, send me a jingle and I'll finish it just for you.

Have good day all of you morning doves and night owls, maybe even a blue footed boobie!.....Hooooo hoooooo Ro

19 comments:

  1. Awesome owl story and tribute, Ro--only you!!! Lucky will be the ladies who wear your stars...love the design and those cabs....

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  2. oooh, how wonderful a picture of the Owl and Owlets.
    honestly, Owls do fascinate me! I'm so glad you got this picture!
    Love the lapis ring Ro, Each one will be unique like the wonderful gal from the trail that will wear one, no
    BOTS here, only sweet RO!
    tee hee

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    1. As a collector of owls, I know you would like/love.

      hahaaa xoxo Ro no bot

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  3. wait, did I just read a "blue footed boobie" Is Belle in trouble?
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    sometimes I crack my self up

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    1. HaahaaHAAAAAAAAAAA, Deb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Yourself is funny :)

    Belle is safe in her glass house!

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  5. so....where is the blue boobie?
    haha
    hahah
    ahahahahaha

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  6. Oh well someone, a nice lady wrote me an email and signed it The Blue Footed Boobie.........she's a bird ;)

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  7. such a great story about the owls.

    this past summer i had a nest of robins right outside my kitchen window, maybe 3 feet in front of me. there were 3 babies. one was growing much faster than the other 2. well, to make a long story short, only 1 flew away with the mama :( i could barely look out the kitchen window for weeks. glad your story was more uplifting. thanks.

    btw, love the words "i am ro, not robot". :)

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    1. We always root so hard for them don't we Rae, I'm sorry things didn't work out so well. Last year the only hawk chick in that same nest didn't make it either. All three Owls grew and flew like prayers.

      He heee, ro.....bot.....not :) goofy me!

      xoxo

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  8. No "ifs," "ands" or "bots!" Hahahaaa - I love it. I am SO glad you are Ro and not a "bot!"

    Your new rings are amazing. You kill me with that beautiful blue lapis and lovely stars. Wowza. And the Priday ring is gorgeous :).

    I ♥ your sweet owl story, and wonderful photo. Have any of you read "Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl" ? It's about a barn owl and it's filled with interesting owl facts. I highly recommend for a quick, light, interesting read.....must be out in paperback by now.

    Okay, tonight I am a night owl, but I am the bird that started the blue-footed booby by signing off on an e-mail to Ro with that name (to sign off as songbird each time would be b.o.r.i.n.g!)

    xXxoOo

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    1. Aren't you the funny bird, bot ha haaa!!

      * favorite line of ALL time.... "If someone doesn't guess I'm gonna have to smoke it!" I tell you THAT one KILLED me!

      I have not read Wesley, thank you for the suggestion.

      I agree, being a blue footed boobie now and then is simply a must!

      xoxo Rowhee :) squeak, pip

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  9. Oh songbird it was you! Ah haaaaaa! ;)
    Xoxo!

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    1. Inquiring minds :) :)

      xoxo

      Worked all the livelong day today, twas good!

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  10. Some colors just envelop you, don't they...like the surreal blue of that lapis.

    As always, you showcase them so beautifully.

    xxx

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  11. Oh man Ash it's a beautiful blue, saturated, then the sparkly gold YUM!

    I know you are a night lover, star gazer, just like the other half on my family. I love it, I'm just a weenie when it comes to staying up late. I need a nap for stargazing :)

    xoxo

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