|This morning's full moon and two birds|
After doing a little research on this incredible raptor I learned that Great Horned Owls are often called "Tiger Owls" because they are such fierce defenders of their territory, and that they hunt the same areas as Red-tailed Hawks--only at night. When they have occasion to bump into one another these bird of prey often fight ferociously. Also, the Great Horned Owl has eyes almost as big as human eyes, and for a critter of its size (about 2-feet tall) they have nearly the biggest eyes of any vertebrate. Many Native American people view Great Horned Owls as symbols of death, and the Pima tribe believed that when a person dies his/her spirit passes into the body of the owl. The American Creek people viewed the owl as representatives of divine wisdom.
No matter what people believe, I felt privileged to discover one again in the desert this morning.
|Full moon over a neighboring house|
|Even more fog in the Mesilla Valley this morning|
|Picacho Peak and valley in fog|
|A canid passed by my several-days-old boot print|
|Fog at a distance|
|Egg-shaped lucky stone|
|Look who I encountered this morning: Great Horned Owl|
|My bushwhacking put some distance between me and Tortugas Mountain|
|This and the rest: views from west of Tortugas Mountain|