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Barn Owl, Again by ladynightseduction Barn Owl, Again by ladynightseduction
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Birds of Prey - Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, Indiana.

There has always been a mystique surrounding the owl, regardless of the species. It’s probably the most revered, feared, loved and worshipped bird in the history of the world. The owl is cloaked in superstition and folklore originating from stories spun through hundreds of years and each culture has its own interpretation and many times they conflict.

Boiled owl and owl eggs have been used for medications in Peru and, in English folklore, the owl egg was believed to cure alcoholism. A child given raw owl eggs was then protected from drunkenness throughout his life. In India owl broth was said to cure seizures and the meat used as an aphrodisiac. The Swahili of East Africa were not as sold on Owls for medical purposes. They believed that the owl made children ill.

Athena, the Greek mythological goddess of war and wisdom, chose the Little Owl as a protective symbol. It was believed the owl’s night vision was a magical inner light. The Little Owl adorned coins in the 5th and 2nd century BC and if an owl flew over Greek soldiers it was a sure sign of victory. The Athena Owl remains a symbol used often in today’s society.

In Roman antiquity the owl was not worshipped at all. In fact, it was their belief that an owl’s hoot brought death. It was said that an owl predicted the death of Julius Ceasar, Agrippa, Commodus Aurelius and Augustus. Witches were believed to turn into owls. Ascalpus in Roman Mythology was turned into a Screech Owl by Hades, god of the underworld, as punishment for snitching on Persephone for eating a pomegranate.

The owl in some cultures is evil. He dances with witches, steals treasures, brings bad luck and is a symbol of the underworld. It’s said in Ireland that if an owl enters the house one must kill it before it can carry away the good luck.

The owl in other cultures is very helpful. He helps find husbands for old maids, determines the sex of an unborn child, and, in Belgium, he was the church’s choice for resident pest control.

Legends of the owl are quite amusing. In the Artic North a little girl who was turned into a bird was so scared she flew straight into a wall. It flattened her face and beak. Thus was borne the owl. 12th century English owls were not allowed out during the day because one stole a rose. Menominee (American Indian) owls were not smooth talkers and lost a talking contest to a rabbit who received his choice of day or night. The rabbit chose day so to the loser went the night. Polish owls are just too beautiful. If they come out during the day they are mobbed by other jealous birds.

Poor owls. They’ve endured many more bad raps than good throughout history. Probably the worse offended were the Transylvania owls who were chased off constantly by naked farmers protecting their crops. — And the owl isn’t even a vegetarian!

:peace:
`lns
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:icondeviantfemale007:
deviantfemale007 Featured By Owner May 28, 2017
a stunning portrait of a wonderful creature :)
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RaeSeddon2 Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
In honor of the Goblin King! My favorite owl!
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3rdInfantry11B Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Professional Photographer
Very nice image, but it is a captive one. The real trick is to catch them in the wild. They are very elusive and with very keen eyesight and hearing, it takes a fair amount of luck to be able to catch one in a pose like this. I have not been as successful as I would like to be with these beautiful birds!
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SethTheCreator Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! Heart warming little things, aren't they! X3 I love their big eyes <3 :happybounce:
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Skallinka Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hello!
Just to say to you that I adore what you make, and it was to know if I could borrow you this image for a graph '? :3

Thanks !
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Invader-Chirin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is the most beautiful thing ever. Wow.
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Shadows-in-Twilight Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work has been featured in my journal [link] :love:
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IncrediblyForkable Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I noticed other artists using this for a reference so I decided to jump in as well. I did a charcoal rendition of your wonderful shot if you'd like to see. I hope I did it justice! [link]
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omnomfood Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Beautiful.
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kimy-shan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
my favourite owl, she is verry beautiful
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PhoenixFalconer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful shot! Mind if I use this for a painting? Of course I will credit you :)
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
No, I do not mind. :)


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Sanguisa Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Used this as refferenc: [link]
Credit given (linked and written on the backside of the picture)
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yukikoyuri Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
this is a beautiful shot and the owl is so amazing. i really wish i had an owl...
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redflowerblooming Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Barn owls are so beautiful! :)
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Slightly-Spartan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] I hope you don't mind, but I drew this. I didn't want to say anything before, because I wasn't sure how it would turn out....I hope you like it. If you want me to take it down, I will. I had a wonderful time drawing it. Thank you! [link]
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ULTAMEW Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Nice catch.

Unique pose all in all. And the description was a very interesting read too.
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
:)


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TheMysticWolf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011   Digital Artist
hello can i draw this ?, I of course add this as reference and credit:)
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
:) And it was a grand drawing.


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alttres Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful♥
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
:)


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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here [link] :iconasnowmanplz:
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Thanks for the feature!


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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very :iconurwplz:
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mintflareon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Always reminds me of the 4th sense lol I LOVE IT THOUGH
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
:)

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Anonymonkey Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the pose and focus, the colors are awesome too! :D
Cute owl.
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
He was. :)


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kaitiakianahera Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
great work
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
:)

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Maikekai Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is a very cool picture
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Thanks!


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Maikekai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome
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elmoisemo6 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student Writer
Barn owls are my favorite, I love their white faces!
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
They do have engaging faces agreed.


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Defonthana Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
(had to do it a day later..so i hope i didn't wrote it you before..xD) got featured here: [link]
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Hortensie-Stone Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is a gorgeous pose. Great picture. The lighting is excelent. :D
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Thanks! Lighting still screws me up on days.



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werle3 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Outstanding shot and thanks for all the background info. Quite interesting. ;-)
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Thanks for the compliment!


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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful photo :clap:
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Thank you. :)


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LostImages Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
This is gorgeous!! Congrats!! Excellent focus and composition, and so beautiful details. Congrats!!
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Thank you!


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LostImages Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
You are welcome. :)
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RavenStarStudio Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Just beautiful :)
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks!


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`lns
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mishkuu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful shot! lovely perspective :)
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ladynightseduction Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Luck of the draw that day, though I plan on seeing this show again. :) Thanks.


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