Sunday, March 23, 2014

“The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing

but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious!”  ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

The birders in the area have been all "a-flutter" about the snowy owl invasion that took place this winter (something interesting had to come out of this winter!).  Anyway, I found this photo with an article about the owls that flew into southern Jersey.
These are the largest owls in North America, and according to the article, "they nest in the vast arctic tundra of Alaska, Canada, Russia, Siberia, and Scandinavia, eating lemmings and other small animals.  But, why are so many Snowy Owls being seen this year along the East Coast?  There are several theories among birders, but the one that makes the most scientific sense suggests that a plentiful food supply of lemmings up in the Arctic tundra this year meant more young Snowy Owls survived.  However, once the snow covered the tundra, the owls couldn’t catch their prey. So, they started migrating southward, looking for new sources of food."  They love wide open spaces which is why they are on the area beaches.  By next month, the survivors will head north, and experts do not think we will see this for another 50 years or more.  

Ancient Greeks knew that Athena, goddess of wisdom, had the owl as her symbol, but the owl also came to be an omen of bad luck in Roman literature.  I like the ancient coin from Greece...
The "wise old owl" phrase is from a children's nursery rhyme from the 19th century.  It was used on a wartime poster to remind soldiers to be silent.  I assume the lesson for children was to be seen and not heard.  Sadly, with their little I-pads and I-phones that has come to fruition.
If you are an owl fan, we have some "smart" accents for you--here is a neat piece of steampunk craft...
and pillows...

and jewels...and custom tags...

and decorative accents...
And since the owl represents wisdom, remember...
 
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss


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