Barred Owl – Niceville Florida- Guest Post

from my friend Shuey in Niceville,  Florida.  He emailed this photo to me and I asked if I he’d allow me to post it and he said yes!  I thought it was exceptionally cool to see an owl closeup.  The site he sent said  ” sometimes the Barred Owl sounds crazed”

Nice shot and thanks for guest blogging!

“This was my 3rd try at getting some pics of one of our neighbors – a  Barred Owl.  It’s half of a nesting pair who live in the woods behind our house and this one likes to rest in some trees next to our house in mid to late afternoon on nice days.  They can be heard in the mornings, about an hour before dawn hooting behind the house.  The first time I heard them I thought they were dogs and another time I heard a commotion and think it may have gotten a small cat . . . hopefully not someone’s pet.

It was very tolerant today and let me move around below him for quite a while before moving off to another nearby tree.  This is their nesting season and hopefully I’ll be able to see some young owls in early April.

If you want to hear one, go to this site, and scroll down to the Barred Owl, then click  on the arrow in the center of the video picture.
http://doloresmonet.hubpages.com/hub/OwlsoftheUS-AWhosWhoofOwlsOwlCallsIdentificationandCulturalSigificance

Liberty Tunnel Odyssey 2011

This is for people who don’t live in Pittsburgh. You know we have lots of bridges here.  But today I am highlighting the driving through one of our tunnels.

Experience the Liberty Tunnel as I did last Tuesday night. First opened in 1924.

At first the radio is playing. Then static as reception is lost.

The Liberty Tunnel is 5889 feet long.  The tunnel was empty except for me.  One car whizzes by towards the end.  I put the iPhone on the top of the steering wheel and just drove without looking at it.  Not too fast. Next week the Ft Pitt tunnel so you can see the city at the mouth of the tunnel.

Just had the urge to document the emptiness and the movement  as I traveled through.  The sound of a motorcycle can be heard too.  And then the radio reception returns.  Disclaimer- may cause motion sickness?  Steve said it seems like he was traveling through the atmospheres of Jupiter.  What an imagination.