Some Wet Crows

It was a  classic Vancouver winter walk this morning — penetratingly cold and damp. And only October!!!

Looks as if frigid weather is set to come early this year, with snow falling on local mountains, and the rain down here in the city seeming on the edge of sleet at times.

But — another one of my mother’s many handy sayings — “Every cloud has a silver lining.” In this case, the silver lining is made of soggy crows.

I imagine their looks are long suffering, but that could just be me projecting.

In any case, I always politely extend my commiserations as I walk by.

One of Mabel’s extended family

Marvin posing with a gourd in a neighbour’s garden

Wet Arthur

Golden maple crow, possibly Ada

Some of my favourite crow portraits have been really wet crows.

Judgemental Crows, below, captures the look that Marvin and Mabel often give me on rainy days. It seems to imply that the weather is purely the result of some bungling on my part.

In Philosopher Crow, Mavis embodies all that is stoic and thoughtful in a crow’s expression.

Another from this morning — one of Mabel’s offspring, humming the lyrics of  You’ll Never Walk Alone

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Lyrics by Rogers and Hammerstein
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone 
You’ll never walk alone
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone
Cue strings ….

While I may be imagining that the crows are suffering in the wet weather, I know for sure that Geordie, a California dog, can’t wait to get back in the dry.

Please can we go home now …?

While he loves snow, he really, really does not like rain, in spite of the stylish raincoat.

Back home and vying for fireside positioning with Edgar.

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Some Wet Crows

  1. Great post!!! Yes a cold and soggy day!

    On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 6:00 PM The Urban Nature Enthusiast wrote:

    > The Urban Nature Enthusiast posted: ” It was a classic Vancouver winter > walk this morning — penetratingly cold and damp. And only October!!! Looks > as if frigid weather is set to come early this year, with snow falling on > local mountains, and the rain down here in the city seeming on t” >

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  2. About 60 years ago, as a immature boy, I killed a crow with a BB gun. It was a messy affair… something I am not proud of. In fact, I agonize over it to this day. I’m tearing up as I type. I am not trying to deflect blame… I hold myself entirely responsible… but I urge parents not to buy their kids BB guns. Their brains are not fully equipped to gauge the emotional prospects of death.

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    • Dear Vick, Thanks for your very thoughtful comment and I really feel your regret. I do suspect that we’ve all done things in our immature past that haunt us to this day. The important thing is that we learn from them and, as you’ve done here, try to pass on the hard earned wisdom. Thanks, again.

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  3. I have just found your blog about crows!! I am yet another crow admirer. They are fascinating and so many humans are unaware. I have talked to some crows that inhabit a street outside the office where I work. I don’t know what I’d say to any co-workers who might catch me doing this. On occasion, I have left treats and trinkets for them. Thank you for sharing and I will be catching up on all of your posts!!

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