A big wet storm dumped snow here all yesterday. DH cleared the driveway twice and then the snowplow came by in the middle of the night and left a wall of ice behind the cars so there was more snow to move this morning. While he was diligently working on snow removal I was out past the golf course playing in the white stuff with my snowshoes. Just as I reached the river a big gray ghost silently coasted over my head. After I got over being spooked I saw a huge owl settle into a tree a few yards away. I dropped my ski poles, fumbled in my pocket, pulled out my cell phone, and walked forward hoping to at catch a shot of the big bird.
What I didn't notice was my cell camera was set on movie, not snap shot so this is what I got---
Very cool snowshoes, huh!?
What I really saw was this--
(stolen from a better prepared photographer who posted this great shot on the web).
Big--the size of a small fuzzy dog--pointy feather ears--round yellow eyes.
When I realized my blunder I fixed my cell camera settings. By then the owl had flown off, but to a tree not far away so I did get a photo of lots of branches and a big gray blob. Anyway, it was awesome to see.