I found this corvid geek website yesterday (made for me!), saw that they took submissions, and sent them my website URL. I woke up today to discover this nice little write-up. If only all PR was this easy.
From Corvus, by Esther Woolfson:
She is in every aspect, as they all are, in every movement, a sharp, tenebrous grace in her stillness, in her wings and feet and head. Corvids’ beaks are balanced, proportionate, burnished and striated like the metal of a Damascene sword.
The Japanese word ‘shibui’ most encapsulates for me what they are and how they look, a word defined as ‘austere, simple, quietly beautiful’. (It is no surprise to me that they are portrayed at their most exquisite in the art of Hiroshige, Hokusai and others, the art of a culture that sees crows so differently from our own.)
This is my favourite crow model, on Skaha Lake near Penticton, BC.