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Junior The Owl


The photo is of Junior the Owl that I spotted in the Botanical Garden in July 2010. I took one of their Saturday Morning Birdwatching Walks and as we were walking through the Thain Family Forest he was spotted up in this tree. Luckily my camera could zoom in real close and I got this fabulous photo of Junior. The Thain Family Forest is the largest remaining remnant of original forest that once covered most of New York City. Here is some background info on the forest.


When you visit the Forest, you will walk along Native American hunting trails, see marks left by glaciers, and pass under trees dating back to the American Revolution.

In 1895, founding director Nathaniel Lord Britton selected 250 acres, including the Forest as the site for The New York Botanical Garden. Britton determined the northern end of Bronx Park suitable as the location for the Botanical Garden “for the reasons that it combines all the desirable elements of ready accessibility, rich and varied soil, grand natural scenery, [and] dense natural forest...”

For thousands of years, this old-growth Forest has changed, adapted and survived. Today the Forest remains a magnificent reminder of the beauty and resilience of nature in the face of complex human-caused disturbances. Research has shown that over the past century pollution, soil compaction, and the introduction of invasive plants, pests, and diseases have all impacted the health of the Forest. To preserve the Forest for future generations the Garden manages invasive species, plants native plants, and performs research. As you explore and learn more about the Forest, you will discover the diversity of life and the importance of Forests.


Supplies Used:

ABL Naturalists Journal Collection -- Papers-Wood & Bark, Butterfly, Herbs Cluster

JHI Embell Biggie Old Photo Frames -- to which I applied a bevel

SBA Who Loves Ya Collection -- Word Art

DEB Merrydale Collection -- Butterfly

Font -- Cursif 48pt


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Good choice of bg paper Carol - just like tree bark. Lucky you to get such a close shot of that magnificent owl. thanks for all the explanantion - I always enjoys your background info!

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Awesome photo Carol, but you better watch out - he might just reach up and grab one of your butterflies! Lovely job of scrapping this wonderful photo!

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Wow, what a great shot of Junior and his expressive face! Naturalist's Journal is one of my favorite kits and is perfect for this layout. Love the title and the font. Thanks for sharing the info on the Thain Family Forest - so interesting. I wish there were more old-growth forests to be found in the U.S. Wonderful nature page!

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You took a great photo of junior. My zoom shots are sometimes plagued by motion blur - yours is nice and clear. I like the title incorporated into the journaling. Very well done.

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