Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe

In ancient Greece, the name of the Moon Goddess was Phoebe. She was the grandmama of Apollo. Today, a number of older American ladies are named Phoebe, which, in classical Greek, means Bright (as in moonlight we suspect). It was a popular name for babies born during the Great Depression. One of those ladies, Phoebe Snetsinger, passed away in Madagascar in 1999. She was an avid birder and relied on birding as a way to cope with terminal illness - a remarkable story. At the time of her death she claimed the world's record for most bird species seen in the wild - 8,400.

Phoebe brightens our day and our lives.