Owl in Lake Highlands: Photo by Kendall Howell Vela

Owl in Lake Highlands: Photo by Ray Vela

The owl is a beautiful creature at which to look — as evidenced in this photo taken in Lake Highlands’ Woodbridge area by Ray Vela and submitted by Kendall Howell Vela.

Owls are nice to have around for other reasons, too — they eat rats and mice.

A couple months ago residents from the same neighborhood submitted hawk photographs, which also were stunning. See those here.

We love wildlife photos. Share yours with us and your neighbors. Send images to chughes@advocatemag.com.