trembling in the trees?
The owls are calling.
Ice in their voices.
Moon in their glittering eyes.
Cocooned in dreams
my sleep troubled
by the owl's calling
till the black throat
of the early cock splits
night for the furious sun
to spring up singing.
My daughter showed me this freaky owl awhile back and I have been saving it to share with you now. I am not sure it is for real. Make sure you watch until the end, for the most surprising transformation!
One of the most famous bird artists would have to be John James Audubon (1785-1851)
Canadian naturalist painter Robert Bateman is famous for his realistic depiction
of animals in their native habitat.
Native Canadian artists paint in a style known as Woodland. I like this Anishanabee artist's depiction of an owl. This artwork by Robert Kakegamic can be found in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Wahsa Gallery.
Here is an awesome website of arts and crafts and wonderful things all to do with owls!
Probably Canada's most famous owl of all, wasn't a real owl, or even what he appeared to be. The man known as Grey Owl (1888-1938) was thought (by white society) to be of First Nations origin. He was actually born Archibald Belaney in England and dreamed of coming to Canada since he was very young to live his life as a native person. He finally arrived in Canada in 1906. He lived with the Ojibway peoples in Quebec and Ontario and learned much from them.
After several failed relationships he met a young woman who had a huge influence on him. Named Anahareo, she was of Mohawk and Iroquois descent and much younger than he was when they married She persuaded him to give up trapping for a living and instead write about his experiences. Grey Owl's writing had a huge influence on the conservation movement. His log cabin home where he lived while writing is a historic site in Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan.
|Born Archie Belaney, known as Grey Owl|
A movie was made in 1999 starring Pierce Brosnan. Although it was quite factual, I couldn't quite believe Brosnan in the role as he was just a bit too movie star beautiful to seem real.
If the movie is ever remade, I would vote Richard Armitage for the role! He is a better character actor and can easily transform himself (like that owl!) to fit into any role!
Do you see the resemblance?
Owl and the Pussycat is a very famous nonsense poem by Edward Lear, published in 1871. Beatrix Potter was fascinated with Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat and even did her own illustration of the poem which is on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. Click here to see it.
This title was also used for a movie made in 1970 starring Barbra Streisand and George Segal. This one is definitely not for the kids! It's pretty racy and very dated but it looks like it would be good for a chuckle. Here is a trailer:
Guardians of Ga'hoole is a series of children's books written by Katherine Lasky. It is a fantasy adventure about a group of owls who are on a quest for justice and must escape danger from the evil usurpers of the kingdom. Zack Snyder made the first three books into a movie last year. I hope you enjoy this preview which highlights a song by Owl City.
Take to the Sky / by Owl City from the movie Legend of the Guardians (2010)
Here are a couple of cartoon owls from Disney movies you will probably remember:
Winnie the Pooh's Owl
Archimedes from Disney's The Sword in the Stone
When I was in Leeds, UK last summer I was fascinated by all the gorgeous owl statues everywhere I looked in the middle of the city! I took lots of pictures as it seemed very unusual to have a city mascot (especially of an owl). According to Wikipedia, the owl symbol is part of the city's coat of arms, established in 1666.
This one shows 3 silver owls which are attributed to the coat of arms of Leeds' first city alderman Sir John Saville. The sheep in the center symbolizes Leeds' history as a center for the wool trade. This coat of arms has not been used since 1921, as it has been replaced by a newer design.
I enjoyed my visit to Leeds and would love to return some day.
In the Harry Potter universe O.W. L. stands for Ordinary Wizarding Level and it is type of test or examination which must be passed in order to become a wizard.
Owls play an important role in the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling. They are the messengers and every wizard must have one!
Hedwig the Snowy Owl from the Harry Potter movie series
Now here is a wizard who performs magic nearly on a daily basis for me!
I have him in costume for Halloween, so perhaps he is not quite as attractive as usual.
But at least he looks better than his sidekick! Can you tell whooo that is?
Happy Halloween to OWL of you!