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!