Friday, December 30, 2011

Eastern Screech-Owl

This Eastern Screech-Owl basked in the sun on a very cold winter morning in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The photograph reminds me of Jubba the Hutt in the Star Wars movie. One criticism of George Lucas's science fiction films is that most of his creatures show Earth-like symmetry. Although an eel-like creature lurks here or there, his creatures usually have one head, two arms, and two legs. Because far-away galaxies undoubtedly support different genetic codes and evolutionary histories, their fauna will prove vastly, perhaps unimaginably, different from our own.

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