This is one of my favorite photos I ever took. As usual, it is not about the image, but about the story that goes with it. It was May 2007 and I was visiting my aunt in Czech Republic. One day we decided to take a field trip to Karlštejn.
Karlštejn Castle (Czech: hrad Karlštejn; German: Burg Karlstein) is a large Gothic castle founded 1348 CE by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor-elect and King of Bohemia. The castle served as a place for safekeeping the Imperial Regalia as well as the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels, holy relics, and other royal treasures. Located about 30 km southwest of Prague above the village of the same name, it is one of the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic.
As we were climbing up the hill where the Castle sits, we came upon the man in a medieval costume, with an owl sitting on his hand. You could take a picture with them for a small fee, if I remember correctly it was 1 euro.