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#SnowyOwl (Bubo scandiacus) is ready for the #LibrariesofInstagram January challenge – #LibraryWonderland! This winter wonderland scene comes from Jacob Henry Studer’s The Birds of North America (1903). View more in @biodivlibrary with thanks to @silibraries for digitizing:
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We’ve had a few snowy owl sightings in Missouri again this winter!


No-one paints owls like Hieronymus Bosch
[Garden of Earthly Delights].


Walter King Stone


We’re kicking off Feathursday with this gorgeous owl from the pages of Das Buch der Natur (1875) by Friedrich Schoedler (1813-1814). The eyes are so expressive, don’t you think?

Take Away the A. By writer Michaël Escoffier and illustrator Kris Di Giacomo 



embroidery  @kumasanmania

Source: LessTalkMoreIllustration




Monday Motivation Owl

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the birds of the air, and they shall tell thee. Job 12:7

For your Monday motivation we present the 1979 Janus Press edition of James Cortese’s award-winning book of fables, What the Owl Said, with relief prints by Claire Van Vliet. Limited to an edition of 90 copies, Van Vliet hand-set and printed the text in Trump Mediaeval, with the prologue and epilogue in Rudolf Koch’s Walldau, on Promatco Heavy Library Endleaf with Fabriano end papers. The edition was hand-bound in full, printed Belgian linen over boards by James Bicknell. Our copy bears a signed presentation inscription from Van Vliet to our friend and benefactor Jerry Buff.

James Cortese, who earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board for What the Owl Said. Even though the owl has a powerful visual presence in this book and is the subject of the title, it only makes a silent, distant appearance, and from this the entire set of stories begins and ends.

Saying everything without uttering a sound – Now THAT’S motivation!! Listen to what the owl said!

View more posts related to Claire Van Vliet and her Janus Press.

View more motivated (and some unmotivated) owls.


‘Owl on Branch’ (Japan, early 17th century).

Ink on paper by
Soga Nichokuan (Japanese, active mid-17th century).

Image and text courtesy The Met.