With spring just around the corner, these arctic visitors would soon leave Washington's shores, embarking on a long journey back north. As this clock wound down, I needed to make a trip to the coast for this rare experience. Just after the sun dropped below the horizon, clouds caught the last light of the day, creating a beautiful pastel canvas as a backdrop for this magnificent Arctic visitor. And in those fleeting moments of the day, as the owl paused to stare at me momentarily, I felt incredibly honored to have encountered a creature that I had previously only dreamt of seeing in the wild.
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) - Damon Point State Park, Washington
The stunning Sun-Dial peak looming above Lake Blanche in the Wasatch back-country. I was pummeled by a furious summer lightning storm a matter of minutes after this was taken. To learn more check out this older pic:
Location: Garibaldi Lake, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Equipment: Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm @ f/11 + Tiffen Polarizer. Technique: Photomatix Pro 4.1 and Photoshop CS5 from 3 RAW exposures.