Some Photos & Fancies

Photographs; & questions you wouldn't think to ask yourself…

Has the owl called your name?

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All along I’ve meant not to start with a question, but to end with one; and to invite more questions. But between the book (I Heard the Owl Call My Name) set in the waters of the Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and mainland Canada and the fact that the owl is my mom’s totem the question begged to asked first. I certainly don’t believe that hearing the owl call you means death – at least not physically – though at times I wonder if the calls portends the end of a part of one’s life. When looking at an owl, fairly close up, and in the wild I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are creatures primordial and magic. An owl has given me a gift by allowing a photograh. Their eyes and their watching and waiting silence have me convinced that if I could just climb aboard and latch on for the ride I would never fear in the dark again. And that I could be as deadly a predator. I’d also like to be the owl calling in the night and conjuring up the full moon and glassy, still water – this is the magic owl, and much more appealing to me. Their quietness and stillness makes owls seem wise. How often would silence have been the better road to wisdom for you?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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