Believe it or not, I had given up on seeing any wildlife at Myakka State Park last Saturday evening, when I encountered this barred owl. It was a beautiful evening and the park was filled with families, so most of the wildlife had opted to go into hiding. I couldn't have imagined I would have an excellent opportunity to use two new pieces of camera equipment I received for Christmas: a tripod with a ball head and a remote control.
As I was driving out of the park, an owl flew right over the hood of my car --- and landed in a tree top about 35 yards away in the woods. Yes! By the time I had quietly positioned myself to get a good shot, I realized I was almost directly under the bird -- a perfect situation to use the new tripod. (It was quite exciting to shoot almost vertically on a tripod.) To minimize camera shake, I used the remote control. And…voila! The owl seemed very curious about what I was doing. Unfortunately, the fading sunlight resulted in washed out colors. So, I converted the image to black and white. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!