Raven in the morning

20 Oct

Raven Silhouette I

Raven Silhouette II

Well, I haven’t had a really good “I love my camera” post in a very long time. This morning, the kids and I headed out the door for my caffeine fix and some breakfast goodies for them. Hey, Greg is off gallivanting in New Orleans and I’m stuck at home. Stuck at a filthy, messy home, too. So, after breakfast, we drove to Scotts Valley to hit Payless Shoe Source to get BOGO shoes (Buy One, Get One for half off — which sounds way better than it is when you buy 6 pairs of shoes, 4 pairs of socks, and some black shoe polish!). In the parking lot, I was finishing my coffee while the kids bickered and I looked up and saw this gorgeous bird silhouetted against the beautiful blue California sky. Between us were two parking rows and a strip mall building. He was behind the building on a tree and maybe 5 feet above it. The sun was coming from the side of me but I was sure the pictures would be worthless but I snapped anyway — took about 16 shots in burst mode. Most of them were throwaways — he was preening and it was just a black blob. But these two were lovely — and the subtle tiny difference between them sold me. What a bird.

To see what happened for the rest of my day, you can read my Twitter feed (See Twitterpated on the right). What a day — and my house is still not clean although it is significantly better. Two loads of dishes, four loads of laundry, made one bed, filled the hummingbird feeders, nagged the children endlessly, cleaned my beautiful leather game table with my own tears (sigh), and still, I’ve got a full day’s work ahead of me tomorrow. Oh bloody joy. Maybe it’s time for more tea and chocolate!

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9 Responses to “Raven in the morning”

  1. jayne 21 October, 2007 at 3:48 am #

    Love the raven! Um… I’ll make a deal with you… help me clean mine and I’ll help clean yours? Husband is getting leary of stepping into the shower at this point… lol. Oh heck, has anyone ever died from soap scum?

  2. Pam 21 October, 2007 at 4:18 am #

    Ohhh, I can feel that warm CA sunshine by the way it shines on the raven’s back. Very cool! I like Jayne’s idea. I think it would be sooo much more fun and helpful if women could help each other!!

  3. Crafty Green Poet 21 October, 2007 at 8:15 am #

    wonderful photos. We saw two ravens recently in the Orkney islands. Wonderful to see them.

  4. mon@rch 21 October, 2007 at 12:09 pm #

    “I love your Camera” and “I love your Raven’s”!

  5. Wende 21 October, 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    It’s gray here today… but we are promised a week of no rain and some sun… so I’m hoping!

    The bird is amazing. 😀 And my house still isn’t clean either. However, the porch is decorated for Halloween. Priorities. 😀

  6. mary 21 October, 2007 at 5:49 pm #

    Watching Ravens is certainly more enjoyable than cleaning bathrooms, even if the kids are bickering.

  7. Clare 22 October, 2007 at 5:17 am #

    Pretty nice pictures of one of my all time favourite birds.

  8. cd&m 22 October, 2007 at 11:00 am #

    Brilliant photographs!

  9. Sandy 22 October, 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    This photo fits right in to Halloween week!

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