There are three principles to remember if you are to teach a human being anything, and they are consistency, consistency, consistency. They are such fragile creatures to begin with, with poor eyes, poorer hearing, and no sense of smell left to speak of, it’s no wonder they are made of fear. Some centuries ago they moved inside and with that move went nine-tenths of their intuition. It is almost unmerciful to make them live so long when they spend their lives in so much pain.
— Pam Houston, “Sight Hound” (statement from Dante the Wolfhound)
In Romping and Rolling in the Rockies, KB thought of 2010 as her Year of the Bobcat. 2011 is her Year of the Mountain Lion. Both animals have their own individual characteristics that represent something significant to KB, and they are animals that are present where she lives and that she captures in photographs.
I have been thinking of 2011 as my Year of the Owl. Owl’s are so much on my mind because I have two Great Horned Owls that I see in the trees and that I hear during the day and night. It’s become my replacement for the coyotes that I never get to hear or see anymore. The owls make me feel I’m still connected to the wildness that I love. For some reason, the presence of the owls comforts me.
They seem so mysterious and their size – no matter how many times I see them – I still get excited and big-eyed. I utter “Wow” and “Wholy Moly” as they spread their wings and fly off.
I looked up information about the symbology and traditional meaning of owls. I really liked it when I read that:
“The owl’s gift of heightened senses enables it to see through deception, external appearances and illusion and to discover hidden truths. The owl puts an end to doubt and offers vision and clarity of the truth of events, people or circumstances in your life.”
Can you see why I’m hoping this is truly the year of the owl? If only it had been the year of the owl two or three years ago!
At the simplest level, I just hope this is a year of wisdom, and my focus is on “living” and not fear or pain.