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Weekly Photo Challenge:Contrasting Owl Eyes

 

Friends, the weekly photo challenge this week is contrasts, and this mama great horned owl is a contrast to her baby who is just a few weeks old.  I think the old eyes show wisdom and quiet, while the youngster is wide-eyed with wonder at all the new things surrounding him.  Especially the crowd of photographers standing beneath his nest tree. til Tomorrow MJ http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/contrasts/owl eyes

More Gray Owls

gray in birchFriends, this Great Gray Owl was one of the many who migrated south in the winter of 2005-2006, they came south looking for food and such a migration is called an irruption.  They say the owls are irrupting again this winter and we did see two on the way to Two Harbors Minnesota on Saturday.  It was a sunny day so the yellow eyes did not show on our recent images, this owl and the one in the image below were taken on overcast days, so the yellow eyes were visible and the owls were very photogenic. til Tomorrow MJ

gray in pine tree

Winter Owls

gray old owl

Friends, this is a Great Gray Owl from the land north of here, they sometimes migrate to the Sax Zim bog in the winter.  This image was captured in 2005 when we had an irruption of owls from Canada to the northern Minnesota/Wisconsin area.  I am processing with Photoshop with techniques that i have been practicing lately, blurring the background and sharpening the foreground, gives this bird a better isolation as the subject of the photo.  I love their bright yellow eyes that appear a bit cross eyed, maybe i was too close for the bird to focus correctly, hence crossed eyes.  Great Grays are large by bird standards but they are mostly feathers.  The owl in the image below is all fluffed up against the -20 degree day. A few owls migrate every year, but 2005 was special.  til Tomorrow MJ

owl resting

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