Photo: Snowy Owl Surveys Her Kingdom

A snowy owl sitting on a hay bale

BRK Photos / Flickr

Our photo of the day comes from Beiseker, Alberta. This lovely lady comes from the lens of BRK Photos – and isn't she a beauty? Snowy owls are the largest of North American owls, and are among the largest owls in the world. They measure in at 20 to 28 inches in length, with a wing span of 54 66 inches. They weigh 3.25 to 6.5 pounds, with males smaller than females. We assume the one pictured here is a female, given her markings – males are nearly pure white. (Though this could be a younger male who still retains its juvenile markings.) Either way, what a magnificent bird! Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to with "photo of the day" in the subject line.