The focus for this week’s Feathered Friday post came about thanks to a special request by the enormously talented and all around awesome person, Emily Page. I mean seriously, this girl can paint like nobody’s business, she’s written an incredible book called Fractured Memories: Because Demented People Need Love, Too, she does some amazeballs tattoos at her awesomely named Ratatat Tats studio, she sings like a Broadway star – she’s essentially an artistic Wonder Woman!
Okay, fangirling aside, she shouted out a couple of days ago, asking if I had any owl photos. I thought it would be a good excuse to
be lazy and just put them in a post share a bunch of the shots I’ve taken over the past four years, along with some video. Some of these have been shared before, but some are from the bazillion shots hanging out in my archives. These were all taken between 2015 and 2018, in our Durham NH yard, with my Nikon (except the first three that were taken with my old Olympus) affixed atop my tripod, and in some cases aided by a flashlight held by my hubby.
Before I get to the photos though, I thought I’d share a few tidbits about the spiritual significance of owls, written by one of my favorite witchy authors, from my very well worn copy of the book, Animal-Speak. Any typos in the copy below are entirely my own, but I’m fairly certain I got most of it right. 😜
“No bird has as much myth and mystery surrounding it than the owl. Most perceptions of it are confused. It is not unusual to get contrary opinions of the owl. It has an ancient aura of mystery about it. Part of this is because it is a nocturnal bird, and night time has always seemed mysterious to humans.
The owl is a symbol of the feminine, the moon, and the night. It has been called a cat with wings. It has been worshiped as an idol and hated as the reincarnation of the devil. It has been believed to have great healing powers, both in North America and on other continents. Because of its association with the moon, it has ties to fertility and seduction, for the moon is the arouser of men and owls. The owl is the bird of magic and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom.
The owl is a bird of the night, and the night has long been a symbol of the darkness within–the place in which humans hide their secrets. The owl has great vision and hearing. They can adjust in an instant from a telescopic to a microscopic focus…Contrary to popular belief, the owl can see very well during the daylight. It is just more effective and more acute at night.
The owl, as a bird of the night, can teach all the secrets of the night. These secrets involve everything that transpires when the Sun is gone. Owls are the eyes of the night, and they can see what is not in the open. They have secret knowledge only they can share. Their medicine can extract secrets.” ~ Ted Andrews, Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small (pages 173, 175, and 176).
Okay, now one last thing before I get started with my latest contribution to the Feathered Friday tag that @melinda010100 has kept flying on the Steem blockchain – be sure to check out the post she did for this week, called Feathered Friends! Not only does it have some awesome photos of winter birds at her feeder (I especially adore the Northern Flicker), it also poses the question, which do you prefer – #FeatheredFriends or #FeatheredFriday?
Now on with my #FeatheredFriends on a #FeatheredFriday – Owls in my yard photos!
I also got a couple of short video clips…
…so you can hear the creepy cool sound they make when telling mom & dad they’re hungry!
Although obviously not a fan of BlueJays… 😂
I hope there’s something here that helps, Emily. And thanks so much for giving me an excuse to put this all together. 😊
Happy Feathered Friday!
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