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 –
So here’s all the fun pictures and artwork from Pinterest with the Raven and Crow theme that I found intriguing.
Crow Country by Sarah Jarrod
Raven by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of the Time Traveler’s Wife
Beards and Ravens!!!!
Fine Art Prints by Carolyn Doe
The Naga, the Sun, and the Crow (based on a tale from Burma)
Unsure what this is but I really really like it.
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
Koseatra seems to be a Polish corset maker.
Bird and flower by Unity Coombs
Hitchcock and a raven
Poe book art
Graffiti street art
An Irish expression, “You‘ll follow the Crows for it” meant that a person would miss something after it was gone.
Yearn For Words by artist Jonelle Johnson Yearn
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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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!
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.
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!
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.