A white-faced barn owl stares back from it’s perch in the eaves of an old barn. This fellow seemed completely undisturbed by our presence.
Captured in rural Ontario, near Orillia, Ontario Canada.
Common barn owls are an endangered species in Ontario, despite having among the widest distribution of any bird in the world. They are often known by other names, some of them rather ambiguous. They often refer to the appearance, habitat or the eerie, silent flight: White Owl, Silver Owl, Demon Owl, Ghost Owl, Death Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl, Monkey-faced Owl, Church Owl, Cave Owl or Stone Owl. It is believed that many of the ghost stories in Europe originated from the ghost like appearance, eerie screech, and silent flight of the barn owl.
A close-up image of three dried red rose hips still clinging to the vines of a wild rose bush in winter.
Captured in mid-winter in Pavan Park in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Each year in the fall, when the flower of the Wild Rose begins to wither, it turns into a small oval shaped hard seed container called a “rose hip” which is also considered the fruit of the plant.
Small animals such as squirrels and birds are attracted to the hips. Larger animals too such as deer, moose, rabbits, coyotes and even bears are known to eat the rose hips.
Rose hips have been an important food for all Native tribes where any kind of roses can be found. They are extremely high in vitamin C, much more so than oranges, for example. Dried, they keep well, and will always be available in winter.