Actual size

The Gate Keeper
Barn Owl
Traditional Miniature
Image: 3 3/8 x 4 7/8"
Frame: 6 1/2 x 8"

Even though this is an African setting I placed this painting in the North American Species category because it is my understanding that barn owls appear to be same no matter where in the world they are found.

When on safari in Kenya and upon your approach to a National Game Reserve you must pass through an enclosed gate. These little structures are the equivalent to U.S. toll booths, except in Kenya game wardens man these stations to make sure your papers are in order. As my vehicle drove through this particular entrance, the rustic ceiling timbers were alive with reflected light. All that was missing was a barn owl. As you can see that is now no longer the case!

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