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Last month we shared a story about a territorial owl in Salem, OR who was dive-bombing unsuspecting park joggers passing through its turf. Today we’ve learned about another unusual owl who seeks out people, this time apparently as a sign of affection. Meet the “Cuddly Owl of Noordeinde,” a stunning eagle owl who’s lately been surprising villagers in the Dutch town of Noordeinde by gently landing on the heads of passersby.

The large and handsome owl is surprisingly careful to not use his talons when making these cranial landings. After alighting on someone’s head the owl simply perches there for a minute or so before flying off in search of a new landing spot.

Some Noordeinde residents suspect the owl may have escaped from an aviary in Oosterwolde, which might help explain his extraordinary tameness. Birders and photographers from around the country are flocking to the town (sorry, not sorry) to catch sight of this remarkable raptor.

“Whilst photographing the owl, it did try to land one my head once,” said Shaefer to NL Times. “However, as soon as I lifted my camera to get a shot, the owl flew onto my neighbor standing by my side.”

Click here to watch a video of the Cuddly Owl in action.

[via Bored Panda and NLTimes]

I love how clearly you can see that it carefully sheds all its speed and settles down very gently. Also, I enjoy how we call this huge gorgeous creature an ‘Oehoe’ 🙂

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The Beautiful Hand Painted Ocean Stones of Elspeth McLean

Through her vibrant artwork, Canada-based creative Elspeth McLean ( FB ) aims to connect people to their inner child. One way she does this is through
small ocean stones that were found on beaches in New Zealand. They are
painted in beautiful, bright colors that feature a series of dots
decoratively arranged along the surface. McLean’s designs vary in scheme
and pattern, but they always delight in an almost-hypnotic way. It’s
easy to get lost in looking at all of the intricate details.

McLean uses a tiny brush and acrylic paint to create these pieces.
She’ll apply multiple layers of paint – sometimes as many as six
applications – so that her dots retain their shape and produce a
slightly three-dimensional effect. This meticulous process is what helps
to make her pieces so eye-catching.

McLean writes about her work, “Painting is my way to find my ‘happy
place’ and colour is a way to express and celebrate the colours of my
soul.” She’s influenced by nature, animals, the changing seasons, and
her world travels with a musician husband. “Looking at my art from over
the years it is very evident that my art becomes like a storybook into
my life- where I was, what I was doing, what inspired and interested me
at that time.” What a lovely sentiment. Txt Via MMMet

Elspeth McLean website and Etsy shop

Thanks Chris