Through the Thick of Things.
A medium-sized owl, the Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) is occasionally mistaken for a great horn. But these noctural raptors are much smaller and lighter bodied than their great horned cousins. Another telltale sign that you're looking at a long-eared owl is the distance between their ear tufts. Great horneds' shorter ear tufts are situated much further apart.
Since owls don't build their own nests, theirs is a game of usurping. These owls will often take those domiciles recently built by crows or smaller raptors like Cooper's hawks. And the thievery goes both ways. One researcher has even found a Cooper's hawk accidentally incubating long-eared owl eggs with its own brood, since it had stolen the nest but neglected to evict the occupants!
An Anise Swallowtail Butterfly on Salvia
Check out the hairs along its back! This butterfly was massive—four inches or more from wing tip to wing tip. I don’t know anything about butterflies, but it was bigger than most I’ve seen and striking!
There is this someone who finds the “bright spot” in everyone. This someone has been such an incredible inspiration to me not only for her amazing and beautiful images, but for making me feel like a “somebody” in this photography world. She is so supportive across all the genres of photography. She finds the beauty and positive in everyone. Nicole...I am so grateful for the kindness you have shown to me! @nicolepkost
Today we celebrate an amazing artist who is not only extremely talented in her own craft but one who encourages and supports all around her. She has her own beautiful style and truly captures the beauty all around her. She is inspiring, talented and friend to many. Congratulations, Nicole on reaching this milestone. We are incredibly proud of you! You inspire us all. #congratsNicole20K
Last week this hens beak was freshly busted, bloody and a mess. I was concerned for her and wondered if she could heal or even survive for that matter. Caught this shot of her earlier today and it seems to me to be healing. I surely hope so ☺️