Jaak Põder - Midsummer Night's Eve

Jaak Põder - Midsummer Night's Eve

When ancient Romans transformed Greek gods and goddesses into their own, they also took over their qualities. Goddess Athene was transformed into goddess Minerva, borrowed was the belief that if goddess will show herself in the form of an owl before the battle, then the battle will be victorious.

Romans did not take into account that for them owl was a symbol of evil and death. Seeing owl in a daylight meant not victory, but it was a very bad omen. It was the sign of witches, vampires etc. I'm quite curious what Roman soldiers felt when they saw an owl before the battle...

Location: Estonia

Posted on 17.04.2010
Photo info - 23.06.2008: Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, 700 mm, ISO 500, f 5.6, 1/40 sec
Tags: aegolius funereus after rain boreal owl forest jaak poder nest owls chicks summer tengmalms owl wildlife photography
Jaak Põder - Midsummer Night's Eve

Jaak Põder - Midsummer Night's Eve

When ancient Romans transformed Greek gods and goddesses into their own, they also took over their qualities. Goddess Athene was transformed into goddess Minerva, borrowed was the belief that if goddess will show herself in the form of an owl before the battle, then the battle will be victorious.

Romans did not take into account that for them owl was a symbol of evil and death. Seeing owl in a daylight meant not victory, but it was a very bad omen. It was the sign of witches, vampires etc. I'm quite curious what Roman soldiers felt when they saw an owl before the battle...

Location: Estonia

Posted on 17.04.2010
Photo info - 23.06.2008: Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, 700 mm, ISO 500, f 5.6, 1/40 sec
Tags: aegolius funereus after rain boreal owl forest jaak poder nest owls chicks summer tengmalms owl wildlife photography