Monday, July 13, 2009

Noah's Crows

Noah Counted on Crows

After the rains stopped, Noah sent crows (or ravens) to look for land. For days they returned and then one day they did not. Noah suspected they had remained on dry land and sent the dove for confirmation. The dove brought back the branch with leaves. My piece focuses on this part of the story --the pair of crows flying over the waves as the weather clears and the weary ark waits.

(From an exhibition at The Folk Tree Gallery titled: Noah's Ark: Two by Two)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Crows at Bunny Gunner

Crazy Tea

Bunny Gunner is a great little gallery in the Art District in Pomona, California. Suzie and Juan are celebrating their second successful year with a summertime-themed show at Bunny Gunner. I was included. Summertime around my place, means very few flowers. It is just too darn hot. However, one persistent wildflower that grows all over the country bursts forth with new white blossoms every evening. Jimson weed. It took me a few years to get one of them started in my side garden. I never knew they bloomed in the evening until I experience it. Because they are a native plant, they come with native bugs which attract native birds. Bonus!

I collected and pressed a lot of the blossoms. In photographing them, I noticed the folded-over centers resembled the beak of a crow. Which led to the following paintings. Small, 8 by 10 inches. They are named after the plant.

Mad Hatter

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Crow and the Foe

Thanks to Grace and Lauren for sending this photo of a very angry crow tackling a huge vulture. The photo was featured as photo of the day on a British news site,

The caption to the photo reads: A crow hitches a ride on a vulture in Soria, Spain.

But I think Lauren nailed it:
I doubt the crow is actually “riding” on the vulture, rather maybe the crow was being territorial and dive bombing the bigger bird? The photographer got an amazing shot. And that vulture is one bad-ass looking bird.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Corvid Intelligence Test

Ravens are some of the cleverest animals to exist in the wild. Watch this amazing and complicated test of their intelligence here. Clip taken from BBC animal show Clever Critters, narrated by comedienne Dawn French.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Crow on Goal

A Carrion Crow wearing a Japan national soccer jersey dribbles a miniature ball toward a goal at a Japanese zoo. "We tried to coach owls and falcons as well, but the crows were the best," said zookeeper Satoru Tanaka.

Soccer is for birds here — more specifically the crows.

A flock of the birds dressed in soccer jerseys showed off their dribbling and shooting skills at a Japanese zoo as football fever gripped the nation.

The four young carrion crows at Tokuyama Zoo in western Japan used their beaks to dribble a miniature ball toward a soccer goal, sometimes tackling each other for possession before scoring, according to head zookeeper Satoru Tanaka.

"The crows get tidbits every time they score", Tanaka said.

"We tried to coach owls and falcons as well, but the crows were the best. They're such intelligent creatures," he said. "The birds have only received about a month's training," he added.

The zoo is now trying to teach the avian team to pass and take free kicks, according to Tanaka.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Crow Catches Fish Using Bait

This video was shot by Dr. Oren Hasson who states: "This video undoubtedly shows one of the most sophisticated behaviors ever seen in a wild animal."

Crows do like to dunk some types of food in water to soften it. Perhaps, by chance, fish showed up to eat the food the crow was soaking and the bird took advantage of the situation.

Here is a Green Heron using bread as bait for fishing. It makes me wonder if the crow learned to fish by copying behavior or if it developed independently. Hmmm.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Wire

An interesting photograph by Ian York.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lee Hale Bronze Candlesticks

If you do, too, you can order them at Erie Basin in Brooklyn.
My friends who are subscribed to this blog and my CrowAday blog tell me that they are getting ads for anti-wrinkle crows' feet cream these days. hmmmm. Made me think of these preferred version of crows' feet.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cranky Corvid--Common Raven vs. Bald Eagle

Frank Peele is not only an outstanding photographer, but a very generous teacher. His help to me has been invaluable. He had a recent raven encounter and I am so glad he shared his story and photographs. (please observe copyright protection.)

I was up at Big Bear with several colleagues photographing Bald Eagles. At one point a raven was pestering an immature eagle, getting so bold as to go out on the eagle's branch to try to get in a peck or two.When this failed to cause the eagle to fly to a different perch, the raven hopped up to the branch above the eagle, where he commenced tearing off bark and throwing it down at the eagle!
(Both images were made with Canon's 600mm f/4 lens + 1.4x extender, yielding 840mm focal length, on an EOS 5D MkII body. )

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yata Garusu: Japan's Three-Legged Crow

From Japan:

Yata Garasu is the bird of the sun goddess Amaterasu which appears in the Japanese ancient document called the Kojiki. It is written, that Yata Garasu was called upon to choke a beast which was attempting to devour the sun.
This famous crow with three feet is believed to have guided the Emperor Jinmu from Kumano to Yamato, (Nara.)

This bronze statue of Yata Garasu can be found at the Kumano Gongen shrine.

It has become famous as the logo for the Japan Soccer Association.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Three Black Crows Candlestick Formation

What? What is a three black crow candlestick formation? I'm sorry, I can't explain. But you can go read a ton about it on

"The three black crows candle formation does not happen very frequently in stock trading, but when it does occur swing traders should be very alert to the crow's caw." -Street

I just thought it was another interesting placement of crow.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Crow is the Word

Lift is one of the paintings I have in the show at the Cactus Gallery.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Birds at the Cactus Gallery

The Cactus Gallery is a charming place in Eagle Rock, California, with a very charming proprietess. This is where I fell in love with the work of Walt Hall. This painting is titled, Crow.
Visit his website, for more work and a peek at his fencepost series.

Friday, January 2, 2009

a crow a day

I just started a new blog. I'm going to make a crow a day for the next year!

Check it out:

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!