Snowy Owl – Winter Solstice

This was my first sighting of a Snowy Owl.


Framed by marsh grass and a bleak wintry sky…


He was just about the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.


And when he turned, he seemed so…

Peaceful.


So aware of everything around him.


At one point he must have spotted something moving in the distance, for he stretched up very, very tall.


Ahh… A flock of Canada geese, honking their way across the marsh.


Where did you come from, my fine Snowy friend?

My head was full of questions and my heart, with pure JOY.

Just then – he turned and looked at me.


It was all I could do to hold the camera steady.

And just like the first time that a Cooper’s hawk looked me straight in the eye…

I knew that I would never be the same.


In the very best of ways.

Happy Winter Solstice everybody!  🙂