“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt.
(Sorry for the repost. Wasn’t happy with the crop on the previous.)
Birds in Flight - Juvenile Snowy Owl
Many people in my area are cursing the return of winter, but I am welcoming it with open arms, for the chance to see these beautiful creatures in the wild once again! Still early in the season for Snowy Owls, there are reports of sightings on Amhurst Island as well as the GTA. Featured in this photo is a juvenile Snowy Owl male, who is only 16 weeks old, and still getting used to the flying routine at the CRC. It was adorable watching him practice landing on a perch, often just missing, and landing softly on the ground, like a bag of feathers. Male Snowys will turn completely white, but only after 10 years of age, while females will always retain the black and white camouflage, making it easier for them to stay hidden on their tundra ground-based nests.
Canadian Raptor Conservancy
Nikon D500 - Nikkor 200-500mm
Captured September 29th, 2018
“Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” -Bruce Lee
Our family is missing Martinez...the sunrises, morning walks in the hills, yogurt runs, yummy bbqs, local coffee, SF adventures, a fluffy, gray Princess, sunsets on the water, but especially Bill and Jen!