Monthly Archives: October 2016


Raven’s have been literary omenes forshadowing evil, danger, and death. This Raven, with an orange backdrop and perched on a thisty cactus lives up to its reputation.














Happy Halloween!  Thought this would add to your holiday spirit.  I took this on the coast of Baja California.  We were actually taking cactus photos but I saw this little critter and thought he was posing for a perfect, iconic Halloween photo.

The quote is from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.   He too used the Raven as a symbol of  the foreboding:

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!—

Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,

Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—

On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—

Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!”

      Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” 

It’s a rumor that someone raised a raven to mimic the word “Nevermore.” While that may be unlikely, ravens are extremely smart.  I’ve seen them hunt in pairs–one distracting the prey while the other attacks.  I’ve seen them outsmart bald eagles, and I’ve heard them mimic the calls of other birds.


First Year, First Snow


The first snow of the season fell yesterday and the Big Horn Sheep came down from the mountains to shelter and graze.  Although I didn’t see any large rams, several ewes and calves were riverside along the North Fork of the Shoshone.  Fall colors still clinging to the trees make a delightful soft background.