As the Crow Flies
As the Crow Flies
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They’re all around us. Between 5,000 to 10,000 crows roost on Foster Island alone, according to Audubon Society reports. If you drive across Lake Washington at sunset, you’ll swear you’ve seen almost that many circling over Union Bay.


Of course, crows aren’t cuddly nor as entertaining as in the famous Dumbo scene. They’re known as nuisance birds. They eat the eggs of our song birds. They dive bomb our hawks and eagles. A single crow hopping around in the street is just one big, oily garbage mouth. You wouldn’t really want to touch one.  They are also highly intelligent, and not for nothing regarded as “Rats with wings”.


Still, when Seattle voted for its city bird in 2003, crows finished second only to the great blue heron. Was it our wry sense of humour? Maybe. But you’ll find another explanation at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. On a silk screen in the museum, the 17th Century artist has splattered a mass of common crows in ink across a field of gold–real gold.


And when Seattle’s crows swoop downtown – such as today’s photo, after being majestically perched on the statue head of  the state’s second governor, John McGraw, in McGraw Square Plaza on Olive Way – I sometimes see a similar scene: a spontaneous painting in air, gleaming ink spots cast against the white clouds or across a slate and ruby sky.


Olympus OM1 & Zuiko 50/1.2
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HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 8:00 minutes)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan


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