Sometimes, if there are no birds or wild animals in the vicinity (which is often the case in the heavily-populated parks near my Seattle home) I’ll just sit and take in the scenery …. with camera ready in case something unexpected happens. In Seattle, I can almost always count on crows showing up, even if they’re often camera shy. Since I love photographing urban wildlife, I’ll take any crows that come my way, and I’ll raise you a pellet-casting crow. (More on that in a sec.)
After I posted my last crow image — of the banded crow — a friend on Facebook posted this:
“The Native Americans say that crows move bad energy. Wherever they appear is where they need to be. Interesting perspective.”
I hadn’t heard that particular adage. But it will be on my mind forever more when I’m around crows. In one of my recent favorite books, Crow Planet, author Lyanda Lynn Haupt discusses the confluence of human and crow culture — how crows are synanthropes, thriving alongside humans, often adapting to the disrupted ecology we create. If the above native observation is true, then we can conclude, on a spiritual level, that crows arrive in throngs to heal our broken environments. Well … that’s how I will choose to see it.
So, I was sitting on the beach at Carkeek Park, just north of Seattle, when a group of crows landed near me and started foraging in the sand. I shot this one frame of a crow catching afternoon light, with a bit of sand on his beak.