Tina leads this weeks challenge asking us to present photographs of eyes. Getting good eye shots of birds has been one of my personal missions, and I have many. Here are two favorites.
The Killdeer above was present in the marshes every day in spring engaging in maneuvers to lead potential predators away from its fledglings. The large black pupil and carnelian almost square iris are quite stunning. Below one of many Bald Eagle photos in my collection. This one, looking down made me glad I wasn’t a small critter shuffling beneath in the dunes!
Animal eyes have different shapes, appearance and functions. The Humbolt’s Flying Squirrel below is a nocturnal creature. Its eye is larger than its nose, almost the size of its ear, round and dark. An accidental capture, this species is native to my back yard.
Notice the flat horizontal pupil in the eyes of these goats. Their rectangular pupils provide a broad field of view to see threats from afar, even while bowing their head while grazing. Similarly, deer focus horizontally; but when they look straight ahead (vertically) they are out of focus. With the head stationary, deer can see at a 300°. A slight turn of the head can reveal the other 60 degrees. Rabbits have really big eyes that are located on the sides of their head giving them a panoramic, 360° field of vision.
Though not a real live frog, their eyes are quite amazing. Frog eyes have horizontal or vertical pupils, can see in color, bulge out to sit above water, and provide frogs almost 360° day and night vision. Frogs eyes also have three eyelids and use their eyes to swallow their food. My sister’s eyes twinkle when she is having fun.
More of my favorite people, Creighton with Max (soon after he came to live with us), classmate Charla and her husband Rishan (at our 50th high school reunion) and my sister Lori, engaging her grandson Micah.
Whatever eyes you peer into, please honor our earth, be kind and stay safe.🐾
Walking With Eagles is a collection of original poems and photographs by Lindy Low Le Coq. A lifelong naturalist, amateur photographer and bird enthusiast, Lindy’s verse, composition and photographs open a window into the essence of her subjects. Her poems and photography reflect the rich natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.
Bald Eagles mature over the course of five years. Walking With Eagles invites the reader to take a poetic and visual tour of this odyssey.
view ~ Walking With Eagles ~ in top menu bar for a preview, though the folio is much nicer!
Our Condo at The Breakers #128 ~ click on any photo to access full screen .