Wednesday, October 14, 2009

As the Crow Flies


I love that Autumn reminds us of the beauty of dark, earthy things, like spiders and bones and crows. Have you also fallen under the season's spell, or have I just eaten a bad muscadine?
Whatever. Today I buck conventional wisdom and celebrate the Crow!
Yes, though it's commonly thought of as a pest, you must admit that it can be quite pretty, in a Halloween-ish way.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hashir/ / CC BY 2.0
Just ignore the fact that many crows love to sink their beaks into freshly dead corpses.
A bird's got to eat, right? Think of crows as part of the earth's clean up crew.
And try not to recall that a group of crows is called a murder.
(Don't you love that? A murder of crows!)

Crows are so complicated. Like their colorful cousins, the parrots, they've been known to mimic the human voice. According to good ole Mr. Wikipedia, we humans may find it hard to tell crows apart, but crows have the ability to recognize us just fine. They can even warn each other about the dangerous ones in our crowd!

Yep, crows are smart. Remember the Crow and the Pitcher?


It's time for me to fly like a crow out of here. I'm taking a few days to visit my parents and hit the North Carolina State Fair! Look out, deep fried twinkies-on-a-stick. Here I come!
Have a beautiful week and weekend and I'll see you Monday!
Love, Becky
PS. Take a minute to enjoy this crow animation. It's stunning!

14 comments:

❦TattingChic said...

Hi hi! I have seen a book on all of those flocks of animal names. Some of them are pretty interesting. A 'murder' of crows is perfectly creepy for this time of year! Oh, but they're called that all year round...oh well!

jama said...

Caw caw! Used to be afraid of crows, but now I love them. Yes, they are very smart! They can count, too :). Have a nice time at the Fair!

Renee said...

I love the pictures and I seriously am addicted to this blog.

xoxo

T. Anne said...

Awesome I need to check it out.

lotusgirl said...

Cool video! Have fun with the fam, and enjoy the fair.

Reesha said...

Wow. That video is so cool.
Thanks for the post. I would never have stopped to think about the crow if I hadn't read it.

Caw Caw For Now.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Crows are creepy, and pretty, and annoying and LOUD. I'm certain I've never celebrated them before reading this today.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

GG, that's what I'm here for!

Love you guys!

Fete et Fleur said...

What a beautiful video. It is creepy how they eat, but we do need natures clean up crew.

Nancy

Rosemary said...

They are a bit creepy, but perfect for Halloween.
Rosemary

adrienne said...

Lovely animation.
We have a lot of crows and ravens around here. I think their complaining is pretty comical(and they drive my dog nuts).
Enjoy your deep fried twinkies. :)

Kelly H-Y said...

I always learn something new from your blog!! :-)

Betzie said...

Oh that animation video was just awesome!!! My little pup sat on my lap mesmorized just like me!!!
Beauty in crows....I've always loved that black candy called "Crows"...LOL Happy Fall!!!

R and L said...

Long live the crow! Awesome, eerie in flocks, respectable creature. And where would we be without expressions like "eating crow" and "as the crow flies". Nice Halloweenish video! Have a great time at the State Fair - that's a really good one in Raleigh - been to it several times and always enjoyed it.
Randy