As CHM mentioned in a comment this week, our friend Cheryl loved owls, and collected them. She told me at one point that she had more than three thousand owl figurines, and she had a big glass-fronted cabinet where she kept many of them. She loved the owl trivets that belonged to CHM's partner Frank and that CHM gave to Cheryl when Frank died. I wish I had pictures of those.
Speaking of pictures, the one on the left is one that Cheryl took when we spent time in the Marais aux Oiseaux bird sanctuary on the Île d'Oléron.
Cheryl's photo of that owl is much better than mine (on the right). It has a quality my photo lacks. In her photo, the owl seems to be nodding toward her out of some kind of respect or recognition, don't you think? The only thing about my photo that I want to point out is that the owl we were photographing was what is called un hibou in French — an "eared" owl. The things that resemble ears are, in reality, just tufts of feathers.
The other kind of owl is called une chouette. It doesn't have the so-called "ears". The owls in the photo on the left and the next two are pictures of chouettes that I took at the Marais aux Oiseaux. The owls were kept in big cages.
I have copies of Cheryl's photos from her 2008 visit, and other visits, because she always left copies of them here, on my computer, as a safety measure when she flew back to California. That way, if she lost her camera or any other accident caused her to lose the pictures she'd taken, I could always copy them onto a CD or a memory card and send them to her. Cheryl passed away a few years ago.
Cheryl also took a photo of the sign below. It shows the differences between chouettes and hiboux, and gives the names of some of the owls that live on the Île d'Oléron or on the mainland nearby. The photo was in good focus and you can read the text on it, especially if you enlarge it.
Thanks for that easy to see difference. I never found out why in a Quiz in France I got the wrong answer about Hedwig, Harry Potter's owl!ReplyDelete
IIRC, those metal trivets were part of the kitchen's wall decoration of the mobile home Frank bought furnished when he moved to Salton City in Soithern California after he took an early retirement for healh reasons. Several years later, I retired myself and bought his sister's house also in Salton City and Frank moved in there with the owls...ReplyDelete
Oh, that's a great poster. I had never seen an owl in person, until we moved to this house, where several barred owls hang out in our back yard, probably because we have a creek in the back. I thought maybe they would be called chouette hulotte, but apparently this version is chouette barrée... big, dark eyes.ReplyDelete
The first posthumous photo is very moving, but I Iike yours better because I can see the "ears".ReplyDelete
This is a lovely tribute to Cheryl and very informative, thanks. We got our first vaccine shots yesterday!ReplyDelete
Happy that you got your vaccine already! We did the Astrazeneca trial and still don't know if we got the real thing or a placebo.Delete
I wish I'd gotten to meet Cheryl. I love these photos. I didn't know the difference in the owl names. Chouette is a slang word that I've seen. It has taken me a day to get over the effects of the second dose of the Moderna vaccine. It makes me realize that covid 19 would be miserable to have.ReplyDelete
Cheryl's father passed away on Feb. 2, at the age of 93, on the, third anniversary of my mother's passing. Sue sent a message to let us know. Cheryl's mother, 91, is still living. Yesterday was my mother's birthday. She would have been 91.Delete
It is sad to outlive one's children. You and Cheryl had a lot in common- the memories are blessings. My mother's birthday was February 28th. This year she would have been 112, yikes!Delete
As said above, the chart is great and an easy way to remember hiboux ve chouettes!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the explanation of the difference between "hibou" and "chouette;" I've wondered. And thank you for the nice memories of Cheryl.ReplyDelete
Memories of what I learnt in high school: "hibou, caillou, genou, chou, bijou, joujou, pou," RoderickReplyDelete
...words that take a final X in the plural rather than a final S.Delete