You may have noticed that my posts have become briefer and more infrequent. I must apologize but its just that work and well, not-work have been keeping me busy.
The upside is that I have a vacation coming up to look forward to. We still have loads more to plan and organize but the countdown has officially begun. And I mean that literally (which you will be able to see if you check out my sidebar). Don’t you just love the build-up to a getaway? But more on that later…
Assignment: What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? A state of total relaxation, while lying on the beach? Your latest painting, drying on the canvas?
Today’s post is yet another Greek souvenir on my bookshelf – effectively combining my loves of travel and reading. Hence, bliss. This time I present a baby owl with bright blue eyes.
Athena, the patron goddess of the city of Athens, was often depicted with or represented by an owl in Greek mythology. The exact reasons for this have perhaps been lost forever in the sands of time. But Athena being the goddess of wisdom, the owl has now come to symbolize wisdom and knowledge. Perhaps it has something to do with their wide, piercing, all-knowing stare? Or the fact that owls can see in the dark? Or that they are keepers of the secrets of the night?
But in spite of their reputation for wisdom, owls do have some negative connotations too. Oddly enough the Hindi word for owl “ulloo” is used to represent a foolish person. Likewise in some cultures the hoot of an owl is said to predict the death of someone in the household. Ironic because so many cross stitch birth samplers seem to feature owls. Circle of life, huh?
Assignment : Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road blanketed in snow, an alley near your apartment covered with murals, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes…
Today’s post is a peek into the quiet side of Abu Dhabi. The shot was taken around Iftar time (the evening meal for breaking the day’s Ramadan fast), which meant the streets were pretty much deserted. I love how peaceful and calm the city gets at this time.