Goodbye, Colorado, With a Great Horned Owl Sendoff

So it’s not exactly Phillip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus, but yesterday, after a summer of writing/backpacking/river-rafting, I had to leave my beloved Colorado home to head back East, and it was a hectic packing morning. I was rushing about, filling bags of stuffed animals for my daughter, dashing down to the backyard to take down the badminton net, and I saw something fly above my head: a beautiful Great Horned Owl whom I’ve been trying to capture on film for over a year. I ran up to the house, got my camera, and this fine, healthy specimen of Bubo virginianus posed for me, and bid me a fond farewell.

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