It's a singular experience to touch an owl, though most people never get the chance to brush against the unique softness and strength that make up this bird of prey. Photographs allow us to admire this nocturnal creature from a safe distance. Steeped in the mystery that shrouds the night, owls enjoy a true dichotomy of images. Realistic wall art shows the owl in its natural habitat where a quiet wisdom and watchful wildness flow from the canvas. Contrast that with stylized paintings where the bird is portrayed as whimsical and childlike, and you begin to understand why this graceful creature has such wide appeal.