Ravens and their close cousins the crows always seem to make their appearance around now. Black figures circling overhead. I not only see them lurking about in flocks but I hear them in the trees making their specific noises. Some just a cawing while the Fish Crow saws “uh huh” “uh huh”. Audio for their calls can be found to the right of the descriptions on this All about birds site.

Ravens and crows were fellow blogger and artist Marissa’s inspiration for an artful mail piece she was making. Her Post here got me thinking as she had about the crows and ravens in mythology and lore. And I fell down the same rabbit, or raven, hole.

I went through a bit of exploration and research and managed to develop quite a fascination with ravens, sifting through poems such as Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven‘, folklore, fairy-tales, fables–almost picked Aesop’s The Crow and the Pitcher–so it isn’t too surprising that I went with this pair in the end … In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse “thought”) and Muninn (Old Norse “memory” or “mind”) are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world of Midgard, and bring information and news back to the god Odin. Flying messengers. Perfect. – – From Marissa’s Floating Lemons Blog

floating lemons art mail on Shalavee.com

So here’s all the fun pictures and artwork from Pinterest with the Raven and Crow theme that I found intriguing.

black keys coachella on Shalavee.com
crow country by sarah jarrod from Shalavee.com

Crow Country by Sarah Jarrod

child inside crow from Shalavee.com

Raven by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of the Time Traveler’s Wife

ravens and beards from Shalavee.com

Beards and Ravens!!!!

crows and leaves from Shalavee.com

Fine Art Prints by Carolyn Doe

crow and sun from Shalavee.com

The Naga, the Sun, and the Crow (based on a tale from Burma)

red winged blackbird from Shalavee.com

Unsure what this is but I really really like it.

crows from her head from Shalavee.com

Entitled A Feast For Crows, the pinner had this to say underneath.

“I blinked in dismay as her hair… or should I say crows, as they flew from her head. So I hadn’t been going bonkers, her hair was made of sleek feathers.”

prey by peter james field from Shalavee.com

Prey by Peter James Field

poems of Poe from Shalavee.com
poe poem from Shalavee.com
girl and bird from Shalavee.com

Koseatra seems to be a Polish corset maker.

bird and flower by Unity Coombs from Shalavee.com

Bird and flower by Unity Coombs

hitchcock and a raven from Shalavee.com

Hitchcock and a raven

poe illustration from Shalavee.com

Poe book art

grafitti from Shalavee.com

Graffiti street art

you'll follow the crows for it from Shalavee.com

An Irish expression, “Youll follow the Crows for it” meant that a person would miss something after it was gone.

anatomy of a crow from Shalavee.com
Jonelle Johnson Yearn for Words from Shalavee.com

Yearn For Words by artist Jonelle Johnson Yearn

the elms vintage robert frost from Shalavee.com

What fun this was. Hope you enjoyed it too. More Pinterest madness for the Halloween Holiday fun to come.

(Originally published Oct 29, 2014 I’m republishing…because it’s cool and I can)

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  1. Ohhh, thank you. I love crows and ravens too, and have been seeing so many the past two weeks. I like that a group of crows is called a murder. The art work you have up here is deliciously black-bird beautiful!

    1. It’s migration season so we start to notice the flocks of blackbirds and robins and the crows come talking in my trees. I know, how odd a name for a flock is murder. They’re so smart, they use tools !!! And yes, I was mostly interested in the beautiful artwork I was seeing. So glad you enjoyed it Dawn.

  2. Shalagh,

    Thanks for all of the crow and raven information and
    artwork. I really like to listen to the Fish Crows because
    their call is so different from the American Crows. It seems
    gentler and more conversational. When we first moved here
    there was a crow that would come to visit every day when we
    walked outside. He’d/She’d fly from a nearby tree and sit on
    the railing of our deck and listen to us talk. We called him/
    her Heckle-Jeckle after the cartoon crows of the same name, probably before your time.

    I think many folks think of them as evil, harbingers of death.
    Thus the death masks with the long beaks. Anyway, it is very

    I’ve been enjoying Eamon in RE class!


    1. Ann,
      I too really like the fish crows. I listen to them talk in the trees saying the two noted uh-ohs. I love it. And really didn’t know any of the differences until this piece. People fear what they do not understand.
      And Eamon’s been enjoying himself too.

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