The Raven, renowned in Native American tribal lore as a trickster and bird with a mischievous nature, is common along the Oak Creek trail (see yesterdays Blog) and is one of my favorite subjects. The imposing, oily-black bird is larger than the crow, has a thicker bill and has a distinctive crocking call. The dramatic corvid can be identified in flight by its wedge-shaped tail.
When I'm on the trail, photographing, observing and gathering studio reference, I usually find a quiet place to sit and keep my eyes and ears open: I'm guaranteed to see something new and exciting.
Meant in croaking 'Nevermore'.
-Edgar Allan Poe; The Raven