Stark Raven Mad

OK, well that’s odd. No, more than odd. Sinister. Surreal. Sinisturreal, if you will. I walked out onto the porch with my camera in hopes of getting some hummingbird images around their freshly refilled feeder this glorious (if muggy morning) and something brought my eyes up into the neighbor’s camphor laurel tree whose boughs reach across our frontyard. And there it was, a beautiful large raven, staring back at me gape-beaked and completely silent (click it for the bigger picture):

I’m not at all familiar with ravens or crows who are so deathly still and intent on… what? Perhaps either Jiggy or Pepper who were lounging on the porch? Or could it be that the big black bird was sizing me up? Whatever it’s motive, the encounter was nicely unnerving enough that I got the above shot and put some distance between us by moving over to the north side of the yard where of course there suddenly wasn’t a hummingbird to be found.

When I returned, the raven had vanished. Without a sound.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."