Bruno D'Amicis - Full moon


While I was crossing a beech forest on my way back from a long day in the mountains, I heard the unmistakable call of a tawny owl nearby. I didn’t hope to see it, but a quick movement against the bright sky lit by a rising full moon drew my attention. Then, perched on the tangled branches of a large beech tree I could outline its silhouette and take out my equipment to attempt some pictures. It was very dark in my viewfinder and only by “placing” the moon behind the tree trunk I could reduce its brightness and thus have enough light in the shadows. The owl was surrounded by a beautiful rim of light so as dozens of spider webs. Needless to say, it only lasted the time for a couple of frames until the bird took off into the wild darkness.

Location: Abruzzo, Italy

Tags: abruzzi, apennines, bruno damicis, forest, moon, mountains, night, strix aluco, tawny owl

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  1. Riccardo Rimondi said:

    05/12/2013 09:56

    Super image Bruno! Fantastica.

  2. Werner said:

    05/12/2013 09:58

    Animal in the environment in a new approach - just great!

  3. Sandra said:

    05/12/2013 15:10

    Like a fairy tale ...

  4. Dieter said:

    05/12/2013 15:50

    Congratulations, Bruno!
    For me it is one of the most impressive pictures i have seen.
    Atmospheric, mystic, fantastic!

  5. Sven Zacek said:

    05/12/2013 16:40

    Wow, Bruno this is amazing! Really captures the feeling of nighttime and the moon through the branches looks like an evil eye. Thank you for sharing this!

  6. Henrik said:

    05/12/2013 17:13

    Wow, Superb!


  7. Bruno said:

    05/12/2013 22:35

    Thanks a lot to all of you! B

  8. Stefano Baglioni said:

    24/01/2014 21:41

    Gran bella foto Bruno, situazione notevole, ma quell'allocco in penombra รจ strepitoso.
    Che dire complimenti sinceri, wow fantastica foto.