My favorite exhibit at the Columbus Zoo, by leaps and bounds, is their Flying Fox Bats. In December every year, the zoo has a "Wild Lights" Christmas light show, and they keep the zoo open after dark for people to enjoy the holiday glow. The first year I went, I made my way straight to the bats after dark, and was rewarded by seeing them stretch and fly and grow active in the twilight.
|Me visiting my beloved Flying Foxes|
I even wrote a short story for my new niece for Christmas last year involving a Flying Fox Bat doctor who saved the life of a little swanling.
|This year's story involves Doctor Bat and the story of how he got his magical faerie stone.|
The Victorians seemed to embrace fully the idea of bats contrasting and yet somehow belonging-with the pastel loveliness of faeries.
Indeed, Shakespeare's sprite from The Tempest, Ariel, says:
Where the bee sucks, there suck I.
In a cowslip’s bell I lie.
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat’s back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
The Victorians embraced the batty. How badly do I want to make one of these costumes below??
|Especially this one. Bad Faeries Ball at Faeriecon 2013 maybe??|
|From silent film, Les Vampires|
Even the master of graceful ethereal glass, Tiffany, created a gorgeously gothic bat lamp.
|I am in love.|
And the modern masterful company I've featured here before, Century Studios, created their own version.
19th century glass artist Galle was known for this exquisite style of bat lamp:
|Link for above and below|
And Lalique even went a little batty too.
Freiwald Art Pottery is known for making bat pottery vessels so exquisite, you wouldn't be faulted to think they were 19th century examples from a museum.
Love this design for a bat faerie. Definitely batty, but not evil. The style reminds me a little of Tony DiTerlizzi.
Blind as a bat. Get it? Too cute. A pillow from Plum.
And a screenprinted pillow and original art both available on the Etsy page for the incomparable artist, Kelly Louise Judd of Swan Bones Theater.
|Link above & below|
I found this image of a creative craft idea for combining whimsy and the mystery of bats. Sadly it appears the original link is broken, but it looks pretty simple to create with a bat paper punch and different paper.
Finally I would be entirely remiss in doing a post on the magic of bats without mentioning Ari Berk's new phenomenal children's book, Nightsong. I just read this book when it arrived for me at the library, and I had a hard time sending it back. The gorgeously illustrated picture book tells the story of Chiro, a little bat who learns for the first time how to use his echolocation ability. Berk describes this experience in absolutely enchanting magical language, describing the bat singing out into the world, and the world singing its song back to him. I highly recommend this book to anyone who knows children who appreciate the wondrous, or any of we adults who respect the same.