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Looking into your Eyes

Looking into your Eyes
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Copyright: Nora Pezzani (noranina) (41)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-08
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-04 19:47
Viewed: 4197
Points: 6
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From my Grandmother's wisdom comes the saying that you should always have an owl face looking to the front door of your home so no harm will enter.

I started collecting owls when I was a teen (I must have now like 500, made in all kind of materials) but besides this I do love to take photos of the real ones.

Throughout history and across many cultures, people have regarded Owls with fascination and awe. Few other creatures have so many different and contradictory beliefs about them. Owls have been both feared and venerated, despised and admired, considered wise and foolish, and associated with witchcraft and medicine, the weather, birth and death. Speculation about Owls began in earliest folklore, too long ago to date, but passed down by word of mouth over generations.

In Kenya it was believed that owls were harbingers of death.
In some Native American cultures owls were often associated with evil or sorcery witchcraft , this was true also for the Mayans and Aztecs, they actually used the owl as a symbol of death.
For the Japanese culture the owl could either be negative or positive, for the Indian a white owl represents wealth, as well as wisdom.
In Greek Mythology the owl is also associated with wisdom and wealth.
In Argentina in northern zones there is a funny superstition that's good (good for us women). Any man who eats roasted owl will be obedient and a slave to his wife!

There are many, many legends concerning the owls. The reality is that owls are very helpful to us as they are excellent as pest control. They control the population of mice, voles, moles, rats, skunks, snakes, insects and slugs to name a few.

This is a beautiful Striped Owl, a medium-sized owl with large ear tufts and a brownish-white facial disk rimmed with black.

It lives in South America, and parts of Central America.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-04 23:31]

Ola Nora !
Interesante macro.
Y la descripción que ofrece es agradable.
Buen rendimiento de la TN, muchos puntos y hermosos comentarios.
Un buen fin de semana,

OUTSTANDING.... to put it in simple language.
Loved your notes too.
Mario from Calgary, Alberta, Canada with friendly greetings.

Nice capture of this close up.

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