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.