Ballyconnell , Ireland
14.000 x 16.000 inches
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Painting - Watercolour Painting
Watercolour of Ravens and Crows in a wild woodland which is part of my neglected garden -In winter the crows appear in groups and amuse me by their antics and beauty.
Called feathered apes for their simian smarts, crows use tools, understand physics, and recognize themselves and humans.
New research suggests that the brainy birds may be even smarter than was previously thought, given a complex problem and an assortment of tools.
I love this poem ( by Lisl auf der Heide )
.When the crows come
black against the darkening sky
their wings obscure the sun
and small sounds drown
in their strident caws.
They storm the walnut tree
snatch the green fruit
drop it from great heights
retrieve the cracked kernels.
Again and again they dive
From tree to ground
where stray sunrays touch.
And when the mountains turn blue
with the haze of evening
the crows lift off in ebony formation
head toward some secret roost
where they blend into the night.
June 28th, 2013
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