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Burrowing Owl
NPS/Patrick Myers

#WildlifeWednesday - Some of the cutest creatures in the park are small owls such as the northern pygmy owl, flammulated owl, saw-whet owl, and pictured here, the burrowing owl.

These small owl species reach only 5-9 inches (12-22cm) in height, and with their camouflage coloration, are not often seen by visitors.

Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are primarily active in daytime. As the only owl species in the world that nests in the ground, they naturally thrive in prairies, including the grasslands surrounding Great Sand Dunes.

Mothers spend much of their time in burrows tending to their young, while fathers catch insects and other small creatures to bring back to their families. To protect their young, a community of burrowing owls has a sentry on duty that calls an alert if a large animal or person approaches. If that doesn't work, they mimic the sound of a rattlesnake to scare them away!

To capture this photo without disturbing the owls, a camouflage blind was set up near the colony, and a long telephoto lens was used. View another photo from this day on the park's Facebook and Flickr pages.
#greatsanddunes #owl #owls #burrowingowl #grassland #grasslands #prairie #mimicry
The precise moment - captured on a screen with my phone from the journalists’ den at the Paris climate talks in 2015 - when 195 world leaders announced they had reached a global accord to stem the rise of greenhouse gases. As nations prepare to gather in Germany next month, with the U.S. representing a decidedly different position this time, it’s valuable to remember how hard it had been to get this far.

1. From left, French climate ambassador Laurence Tubiana, who led what @natgeo writer Rob Kunzig called “the greatest cat-herding project in history;” Christiana Figueres, #UNFCCC secretary; and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius got China, India, and the U.S. to commit to trying to keep temperature rise below 1.5 degrees - after 20 years of trying and failing. The agreement is voluntary, but sent a clear signal to energy markets and investors that the world was turning away from #fossilfuels. And, it still is. It remains to be seen whether we can make the transition fast enough to avoid the starkest consequences, but the shift to renewable energy is happening, no matter what the new U.S. administration claims. The question is, when our diplomats get behind closed doors in Bonn next month, do they simply step aside, or work to undermine this progress? We’ll see.

2. The press room where 6,000 reporters and editors, including me, worked around the clock for 16 days. 3. The “country columns” outside the makeshift city where the talks were held. Each was adorned by a national flag. It made for a surprisingly powerful path into work each day. To be continued ... shot #onassignment for @natgeo .
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#climatechange #cop21paris2015 #cop21paris #CO2 #wildnature #worldoficeandfire #diplomacy #paris #france #futuregeneration #wecandoit #unitedstates #china #india #europeanunion #oceans #deserts #cities #grasslands #forests #glacier #icesheet #risingsealevels
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最近事情依然多到爆炸
有點想念社團的生活
常常有個目標
也需在追逐的過程中迷失了什麼
好的壞的不重要的
都已經過了
可能覺得自己眼高手低
但往往 最困難的
就是踏出去的那份勇氣
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#nikon #nikod810 #d810 #light #tree #taiwan #tainan #exploremore #explore #like4like #photography #life #grasslands #grass #photo
Welcome to Saskatchewan! So happy to share my first photo from #grasslandsnationalpark
Incredibly lucky to get up and close with this Plains Bison as it strolls by our car.
I’m not really one for mountains, but I sure love the prairie view coming out of them again. #grasslands #greatplains #sunrise #canadianprairie
I'm loving this technique. It's a lot of fun to experiment with! This was from yesterday's failed sunrise hunt. I missed the small lake I was aiming for and ended up walking much further than anticipated, and it really wasn't much of a sunrise.
The grasslands and sage were beautiful though and this one was begging for an #abstract #impression treatment.
#abstractart #impressionism #photoart #photographicpainting #panorama #affinityphoto #shootslik #teamricohimaging #teampentax #grasslands #sagebrush #explorekamloops #hikekamloops #lacduboisgrasslands

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