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There are some large cottonwood trees East of our house that have had a bird nest for years. In 2005, we saw some Great Horned owls nesting there (see bottom pictures) ... but a few years later, the nest was taken over by some Red-Tailed Hawks. I didn't see any action in 2009, but in 2010, the Great Horned Owls came back to the nest - perhaps the next generation!

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In some parts of the northern hemisphere, the hottest days of summer have already set records this year, in others, the highest temperatures are yet to come. The sunshine brings people outdoors, to cool off at the beach, on a high mountain peak, or in a park fountain. Gathered here are a handful of images of Summer 2013, from Alaska to Ukraine, Egypt, Death Valley, and more. Randy Kern (left) and John Rice dress as Star Wars characters for their own annual snapshot tradition near an unofficial thermometer at Furnace Creek Visitors Center reading of 131 degrees, believed by officials to be about three degree on the high side, as a heat wave spreads across the American West on June 30, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, California. Weather forecasters predicted high temperatures could reach 130 degrees in Death Valley, breaking the hottest-ever temperature for June of 128 degrees, set on June 29, 1994. It is also just four degrees shy of breaking the all-time world record of 134 degrees which occurred here 100 years ago. On a hot summer day, a girl stands surrounded by the jets of a fountain on the South Bank in central London. A hiker makes his way along the Mount Roberts Trail above Juneau, Alaska.

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An Army investigation has found that potentially hundreds of remains at Arlington National Cemetery have been misidentified or misplaced, in a scandal marring the reputation of the nation’s pre-eminent burial ground for its honored dead since the Civil War. Army Secretary John McHugh announced Thursday that the cemetery’s two civilian leaders would be forced to step aside, and he appointed a new chief to conduct a more thorough investigation to examine the graves and sort out the mix-up. “I deeply apologize to the families of the honored fallen resting in that hallowed ground who may now question the care afforded to their loved ones,” McHugh told a Pentagon news conference. Arlington National Cemetery is considered among the nation’s most hallowed burial sites, with more than 300,000 people buried there with military honors. An average of 30 funerals are conducted there every day. Among those buried at the cemetery are troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well service members from past conflicts dating back to the Civil War. A member of the Marine Corps honor guard holds an American flag during bural services for Sgt. Justin Walsh, United States Marine Corps, at Arlington National Cemetery October 24, 2006 in Arlington, Virginia. Sgt. Walsh, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was wounded while defusing a bomb in Iraq and later died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. More U.S. troops have died in Iraq in October than in any other month of the year.

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On Thursday, the huge blaze known as the Wallow Fire was still burning completely out of control and had charred more than 386,000 acres with just 5 percent containment. After reportedly being sparked by a campfire, it has become the second-largest wildfire in state history and is still growing. Fire crews touring the area and assessing the damage said 22 homes in Greer were destroyed and five other homes were damaged. They also say 24 outbuildings in Greer were destroyed along with one vehicle. Authorities say there's no containment in sight and power lines that supply much of West Texas and southern New Mexico are also in jeopardy. Kay Dyson covers her face to protect from smoke from the Wallow Fire in Springerville, Ariz., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Apache County Sheriff's Deputy Ruben Rodriguez makes Roger Soderberg sign a waiver because he has decided to stay despite the mandatory evacuation from the Wallow Fire in Eagar, Ariz, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. A sign asks for residents to evacuate as the Wallow Fire approaches in Springerville, Ariz.

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On March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez had just entered Alaska's Prince William Sound, after departing the Valdez Marine Terminal full of crude oil. At 12:04 am, the ship struck a reef, tearing open the hull and releasing 11 million gallons of oil into the environment. Initial responses by Exxon and the Alyeska Pipeline Company were insufficient to contain much of the spill, and a storm blew in soon after, spreading the oil widely. Eventually, more than 1,000 miles of coastline were fouled, and hundreds of thousands of animals perished. Exxon ended up paying billions in cleanup costs and fines, and remains tied up in court cases to this day. The captain, Joseph Hazelwood, was acquitted of being intoxicated while at the helm, but convicted on a misdemeanor charge of negligent discharge of oil, fined $50,000, and sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service. Though the oil has mostly disappeared from view, many Alaskan beaches remain polluted to this day, crude oil buried just inches below the surface.

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Surfing is riding a specially adapted board, carried by the wave of the sea front. Pierwsze wzmianki o surferach pochodza z dzienników Jamesa Cooka (trzecia ekspedycja na Pacyfiku w 1778 roku), który wspomina mieszkanców wysp, ujezdzajacych fale w zatoce Kealakekua. The first mention of surfers come from James Cook's journals (the third expedition to the Pacific in 1778), which mentions islands, ujezdzajacych waves in Kealakekua Bay. Od tego czasu surfing podzielil sie na wiele odmian. Since then, surfing was divided into many varieties. Jest zatem windsurfing (deska z zaglem), kitesurfing (surfer przypiety jest do specjalnego latawca), bodyboarding (surfuje sie glównie w pozycji lezacej) i kilka innych rodzajów. It is, therefore, windsurfing (board with a sail), kite (surfer is pinned to a special kite), body-boarding (surfing mainly in the supine) and several other types. Dzisiaj skupie sie glównie na klasycznych surferach fotografowanych w ulubionych miejscach fanów tego sportu, czyli w Australii i na Hawajach. Today I will focus mainly on classical surfers photographed in your favorite places fans of the sport, namely in Australia and Hawaii. Dla nich surfing to nie tylko dyscyplina sportowa, ale równiez sposób na zycie. For them, surfing is not just a sport, but also a way of life. Japanese surferki watch competitions organized by the Japan Pro Surfing Association. Owen Wright jumps with the board to avoid a collision with Mick Fanningiem. Timothy Norton, who lost a leg serving in Iraq, przygotwuje to sail on the waves.

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On Wednesday a high-speed train crashed and derailed in Santiago de Compostela, killing at least 78 people in Spain's worst train crash since 1972. The speed of the train is being questioned and the veteran driver was arrested. The train was full of passengers traveling to attend a prominent festival, which was subsequently canceled due to the tragedy. A fireman carries a wounded victim from the wreckage of a train crash near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24. A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening, killing at least 78 people and injuring up to 131 in one of Europe's worst rail disasters. Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela. A derailed train car is lifted by a crane at the site of a train accident.

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Outside a bunker on March 20, 2010 in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan Agence France-Presse photographer Mauricio Lima created a series of portraits illustrating the tattoos of the members of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. Many United States Marines sport several tattoos, commonly to tell the story of their lives as soldiers, to vanquish their fears, honor their comrades or to proclaim their love. 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, Sergeant Paul Williams, 20, of Fostoria, Ohio, poses to show his tattoos, including two bull dogs (or "Devil Dogs", a nickname used by US Marines to address each other which was allegedly given to them by the Germans in the First World War), and lyrics from the Dire Straits song Brothers in Arms "Through these fields of destruction / baptisms of fire / I've witnessed all your suffering / as the battle raged higher", for a portrait at the entrance to a bunker at a base in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on March 20, 2010.

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