Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Snowy Owl: Field Mice, Beware!

Snow owl - photo by Shelley Banks

Night Snowy Owl

Beware, beware, his flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice
and close your eyes with holy dread.
For he on lemming bones hath fed
And drunk the voles of Paradise!


Photo. Real, a snowy owl just north of Regina — but really taken in daytime. 
The Brightness slider plummeted; temptation gripped me, and I fell. 

Apologies to Coleridge fans for stealing lines from Kubla Khan. 
(For my sins, I had to study this in high school, and it stuck.) 


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