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Barred owl
Photographer: Karen Davis
Location: Orcas Island, Washington
I was walking along a trail in Moran State Park at mid-day when I saw this lovely circle of redwood trees. I stepped just off the path, looked up and there was this beautiful owl about 20 yards from me. The owl was kind enough to let me stand there and take pictures and then leave quietly.
Digital Alterations: 
Cropped, optimized brightness/contrast
Camera Information: Canon SX50 handheld
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