Sacred companion or the actual representation of the Greek learning and wisdom goddess Athena, the little owl (athene noctua) has been a universal symbol of knowledge, perspicacity and erudition throughout time.
In ancient Egyptian, Celtic and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of the owl revolved around guardianship, and protection.
A ruler of the night and seer of souls, associated in Native American history with foresight and the keeping of sacred knowledge (after all an owl is a great predictor of weather conditions).
The 19th-century idealist philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel famously noted that "the owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk"—meaning that philosophy comes to understand a historical condition just as it passes away. Philosophy cannot be prescriptive because it understands only in hindsight.
Same as with photography may we add.
The photographer is an owl, a pursuer of further knowledge, a constant seeker of the unnoticed detail, one who occasionally stalks the superb image but is demure and wise enough to reach for the perfect moment.
Always a step ahead, but apprehending the substance, shaping the shot into something intellectual, and finally timeless.
Our fellowship is just as important as our next work. We protect and preserve our work as we mature, we shelter our family of friends and companions, and as the shades of night are gathering we go out to complete our formative process.
Welcome to the Owls, or as we say in Greek: Kalos-irthate !