~Henry Ward Beecher
Today's post was a challenge I gave myself to look at crows and ravens artistically. Usually, they pretty much just creep me out. (Is E.A. Poe to blame? When I look at the coat of arms of the house of Schwarzenberg, I think perhaps not...) The title of this post comes from a song -- scroll to the bottom for the link.
eBird.org explains the difference between crows and ravens:
Ravens are larger than crows, with larger, thicker bills, stronger legs, longer, wedge-shaped tails, and more tapered, longer wingtips. In the air, they are more raptor-like, soaring for extended periods, unlike crows. They are often seen in pairs, and sometimes in large flocks (100+), but rarely occur in flocks of thousands like crows. Ravens have deeper, hoarser voices, and their characteristic call is a deep ‘rok!’ or ‘rok-rok-rok!’.The Twa Corbies (or The Two Ravens)
by Arthur Rackham
Crows Fly by Red Sky at Sunset, c. 1880
by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)
Illustration from An Argosy of Fables, F. T. Cooper, ed.
by Paul Bransom
Before a Captured Russian Trench
by László Mednyánszky (1852–1919)
The Seven Ravens
by Heinrich Vogeler (1872–1942)
Portrait of Lydia Kuznetsova
by Ilya Repin (1844–1930)
Crow, swan, basilisk, pelican, phoenix. Detail from illustration of Basilica Philosophica, third volume of Johann Daniel Mylius’ Opus Medico-Chymicum, 1618
shared by Matthäus Merian
Fountain in the courtyard of Třeboň castle showing the coats of arms of the house of Schwarzenberg: A raven gnawing at Turkish heads.
photo by Wolfgang Sauber
And when I cried to my mother
She said it’s all ravens and crows
Baby, it’s all just ravens and crows
~Anya Hinkle, Dehlia Low