Wednesday, August 31, 2005
I Understand Why You Thought That...
This is a barn owl...in a barn. This owl did not like being disturbed and it let me know with bill clacking, hissing, and this display of , "BEWARE MY BIGNESS!"
Walking into a dark ,supposedly empty barn and having a barn owl suddenly start it's defensive shenanigans can help you to understand why our ancestors assigned supernatural traits to the owl.
I like owls, but these barn owls give me the heebie jeebies, and it's not just because this one surprised me. It's that eerie face...a little too human-like, a little too alien-like, and NOT very bird-like. Throw in some bill clacking and weird sounds and it's no wonder the ancients gave owls all sorts of mystical qualities.
After this one surprised me, after my ..uhm, exclamation, after my pulse slowed, and after I took the picture, I had a new empathy for my ancestors.
Ancient peoples thought owls were spooky, wise, omens of death, weather predictors, departed souls and all that other stuff.
...I understand why you thought that.
Posted by R.Powers at 6:45 PM