Year End Countdown # 1 — A Question Of Balance
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Today’s image is my favorite photo of 2016.
I just love the way this little Burrowing Owl is standing, one-legged, as if standing that way is the most natural thing in the world. For the owl, it actually is. I’ve seen these birds stand this way for five or more minutes at a time without shifting their position. For the owls the secret lies in their zygodactyl feet — two toes facing forward and two facing rearward — that provide them with a sturdy base of support.
This picture obviously doesn’t convey exciting action. Nothing special’s going on, in fact, the owl is just standing and looking. But, I love the owl’s pose.
I took a lot of pictures of this owl on a November morning. Others are pretty good, but it is the head position in this image that I especially like. It’s unclear what the owl was looking at but, for a brief moment, at least, something other than me attracted its attention.
This image works really well, I think, because of its monochromatic quality. Almost everything in the image is beige or brown — with one exception. That’s the owl’s eye and that’s what gets my attention every time I look at the photo.
So, that’s it for 2016. Tomorrow I’ll start posting new material. I’ve collected a few nice images in the last week or two, and I’m excited about what the new year will bring. Happy New Year to all!
Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 ISII zoom lens+1.4x telextender, aperture priority setting, ISO 1000, f8 @ 1/2000.