As I drove down the dark, wooded street I saw something in the middle of the road. Just sitting there. An owl!
In the split second of surprise before I swerved around it, the beams from my headlights lit up its beautiful face and huge golden eyes. Eyes that looked straight at me. It must’ve been guarding dinner because it didn’t budge.
Almost after the fact, I took in the dark and light speckles of its head and shoulders and the huge pale disks surrounding those penetrating yellow eyes.
It all happened in less than a couple seconds, but in that compressed time-outside-of-time was packed a whole lot of magic.