Wednesday, March 25, 2009

hidden




Camouflage works both ways.

Not only does it allow a mousy gray-brown prey animal hide on the forest floor, but it helps a motionless tree-toned predator blend into the barren canopy.

If you have ever wondered why a barred owl is colored and patterned the way it is, one picture is worth a thousand words. What first appeared to be an oddly shaped tree at Ijams Nature Center, proved to be more. A bright yellow owl simply would not blend in.





3 comments:

Vickie said...

I love that photo. An owl being an owl, still and mysterious, not even there if your eyes aren't astute.

Stephen Lyn Bales said...

Yes. It completely blended into its environs. Thank goodness I'm not a mouse.

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