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Heather King

Ottawa, Canada

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My snowy owl goddess♥ I will miss her ever so much. I had spent the last 2 months talking to her, photographing her and connecting with her.
She is a wild snowy owl, who travels who knows how many hundreds or thousands of miles to a very tiny town outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada every winter in search for food.
I LOVE this shot because I was standing under the telephone pole she so frequently loved to perch and preen on, and it looks like she’s ready for take off, ready to be free!!!

Last Sunday I witnessed a photographer that I had never seen before photographing her. His lens was the length of my arm and apparently that wasn’t long enough to get close enough to her for his satisfaction. He walked into the field she had been in for 2 months creeping closer and closer. I sat at the edge of the road with my heart cringing and crying. He walked illegally over 100 feet into her field. He went too far and was within a 5 foot radius of her, still that was not close enough. As he lunged towards her, she flew far away. We gave him hell, he didn’t care or apologize or show any remorse.
She hasn’t returned and I doubt she ever will. I have spent days and evenings trying to find her. There are other Snowy’s in the area, but my Snowy Momma Goddess is gone.
I feel a huge chunk of my heart missing as I wanted to at least wish her well and say goodbye before her journey home. I hope and pray that she is healthy and happy and safe.
This man had absolutely ZERO respect for her. Karma is everywhere. He should be careful.
This was the most innocent and pure being I have ever encountered. I am thankful for the time I did get to spend with her.

Taken outside of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada by a farmer’s field.
Canon Rebel EOS XS
Lens – EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II
taken at 400mm
This image is © Heather King. You may not use this or any of my images (in whole or in part). All Rights Reserved.
Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.

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This is dedicated to my dear darkgrrl for always being there for me through thick and thin♥

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