The Great Horned Owl found in North Chagrin, Northeast Ohio. By guest artist, Anne Martin

The Great Horned Owl

In February, owls are flying soundlessly under the trees, looking for mates.

Skunks are hunting thru piles of leaves, wanting to nest and find a mate.

Woodpeckers are calling, looking for bugs starting to wake up under tree barks.

Sweet sap is running, ready for your pancakes.

Stand still and listen and look.

The Great Horned Owl has large tufts of features, not horns. His talons are deadly—for skunks and such.

The woods at North Chagrin are alive with spring!

 

Anne Martin Bio

Guest Artist, Anne Martin

Artist, Anne Martin, grew up in a Czech ghetto in the inner city of Cleveland from the late 1930’s into the 60’s. She then worked as a middle school teacher in the greater Cleveland area for over 30 years. She is married to a former educator and they have eight children—five biological and three adopted, and they now have 12 grandchildren

She is active in her community, volunteering in the Cleveland Metroparks, an extensive system of nature preserves that follow the shores of Lake Erie, as well as the rivers and creeks that flow through Northeast Ohio.

In addition, she sings in the Gesu church choir on the campus of John Carroll University, and a German choir, “Heimatchor.” In her free time, she loves drawing, painting, making handmade cards, swimming, biking, and caring for her three fur babies.

Anne holds a BS of Education and English through St. John’s College in Cleveland and a MA in the Art of Teaching from Sienna Heights University in Adrian Michigan.