Marty Stouffer, eat your heart out! From the Department of Awesome Moments in Nature comes this truly breathtaking photo of a Great Grey Owl frozen in time just before making a meal of a little mouse. The splendour of the owl, the unwavering focus of its predatory gaze, and the cuteness of the mouse, who, let’s hope, was completely unaware of what was about to happen, together form an impressively intense image.
The photo was taken by Tom Samuelson, who had this to say about the experience:
“Great gray owls come south from Canada into Minnesota during the winter to find food. This owl was on the north shore of Lake Superior, just south of Two Harbors, Minnesota. We happened to find him as the sun was setting, and in the evening light, we were able to be in a position to see an owl that was hunting when a mouse came out, and the owl was quick to pounce and pick up an evening meal.”
Nature is awesome and so is this photo.
[via National Geographic]