A Magical Walk in the Woods

You never know what you’ll find on a walk in the woods.

But in the Pacific Northwest you’ll see douglas fir trees accented with vine maples.

And if you’re lucky you’ll see a stream with waterfalls and pools,

like we did at Whatcom Falls in Bellingham.

And if you’re really lucky you’ll see an owl. We would have missed him, so well did his feathers serve as camouflage. Another hiker pointed him out and told us it was a Barred Owl, and said hiker carried a huge camera while I unfortunately had only my phone.

Still I did what I could and even attempted some video though my hand is unsteady and my skills sorely lacking,

even catching the owl in action, diving for a crawdad.

By the way, did you notice that all my photos are squares?

Go ahead, take another look.

For Becky’s Squares Challenge, Trees.

~ Susanne

23 Comments on “A Magical Walk in the Woods

  1. Beautiful as always! I almost laughed when I saw the owl video and he scrapes his beak on his perch. My parrot does the same thing! Sometimes he’s cleaning it off and sometimes I just think it’s a habit. I guess that is something the large birds do.

  2. Amazing beauty of nature β˜˜οΈπŸŒ±πŸ‘ŒπŸŒ· wow , owl flying so gorgeous view πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŒΉHave a nice weekend πŸ˜ŠπŸ™

  3. I hate to admit this, but I was looking for the owl in the picture above the paragraph and not below it. So I was zooming in trying to find him, thinking, β€œWow, he is really hidden!” Then I scrolled down and realized I was looking at the wrong photo!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • It was special seeing the owl as I’ve never seen one in the woods before, probably because they have such great camouflage!

  4. What a beautiful forest, and lovely #TreeSquares. And a big wow for the capture of the owl. Just amazing shots and video. I never knew owls would go into shallow water, extraordinary

    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment! It really was a treat to see the owl, and I too was surprised to see it hunting in the shallow river for crawdads, no less! πŸ™‚

  5. Good choices for the squares challenge. We have owls around here, and often in the oak tree in our front garden. But they are rarely (if ever) active until dusk, and I have never managed to photograph one yet.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks so much for your comment Pete. πŸ™‚ For as much hiking and camping as I have done in the Northwest I’ve never seen another owl in the woods. Probably because of their effective camouflage. I was also surprised to see him active during the day. It was a real treat.

  6. So beautiful! I love the big flat rock with the half circle missing in your last waterfall picture. And the owl is such a fun surprise.

    • Thanks so much. πŸ™‚ I loved the rock formations under the waterfall too. And the owl was the icing on the cake!

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