Year End Countdown # 1 — A Question Of Balance

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Today’s image is my favorite photo of 2016.

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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.

3 responses to “Year End Countdown # 1 — A Question Of Balance”

  1. Tom Munson says :

    Hard to improve on this, Steve. Great work!

  2. Sue says :

    Pretty wonderful.

  3. tkiiatmindspringcom says :

    This is a perfect picture for the No. 1 spot!

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