The sound of squirrels warning the forest of danger.
I looked up to see a Great Gray Owl glide over the pond to land on a stump.
Sitting, looking around then hopped to the ground.
Ripples danced through the ponds surface as the owl took a morning bath in shallow water.
Then hopped back up on the stump, shaking this way and that.
Lifting into the air, silently landing on a limb.
Watch the video as it shakes and dries from it's bath. Then breaks a branch that is in it's way. In the smoky morning air (see golden smoky light on it's back).
I got to sit and watch for 45 min. As this owl was in no rush to leave.
it knew I was there
did not seem to care
flying further away
down to the earth near a creek
for a drink
It is super smoky these days
so many wildfires
the owl was a wonderful experience
among our hard to breath days
I am hearing that the fires will not be out
the snow falls