This past weekend I decided to go off the beaten path hiking. I was trying to follow a Kingfisher, but he escaped me. So, I decided to hike into some dense pines and see if I could find anything photo-worthy. There, staring right back at me, was a handsome Barred Owl. He let me get within 10 feet of him, and he did not seemed worried about me at all. I am very glad I chose the path less-traveled, it was very rewarding!