Beauty in a Struggle to Survive by Jake VanderHoeven
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Beauty in a Struggle to Survive

July 17, 2020

What’s great about wildlife photography is you can recall details of those special moments when it all comes together for something special. In this case, I happened to be standing on a frozen road in the Farmington Bay Bird Refuge when this amazing barn owl flew by. I was lucky enough to swing the camera around to capture a few shots. They’re some of my all-time favorites. It was a bitter cold day in a particularly harsh winter.

I learned later, from a refuge ranger, that many of the owls died that winter of starvation. Normally a nocturnal animal, they were hunting in full daylight for anything they could find. I wonder if she survived.

Nature can be cruel, but that can make it all the more awe-inspiring. There’s something to learn there as we face our challenges.

400mm · f/5.6 · 1/2000s · ISO 250
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Deleted Account's picture

I love the owl's "expression"!

chinmay.ninja ­'s picture

Love the freeze. I've been meaning to get a photo of one of these Barn Owls in flight since quite some time. May be one of these days.
Keep up the good work. :)

William Hunter's picture

Look at the frost on it's talons.

Jake VanderHoeven's picture

Yeah, crazy. I’ve actually a few photos with blood on the same. Nature has no pretense, and makes no apologies. :)

Gregory Thanos's picture

Beautiful picture!