I’m on the road – traveling across country with my sister Karen. While we are waiting it catch a ferry I thought I would make a quick post.
All along the highways in Washington state we have been seeing lots and lots of ravens and crows. They are everywhere. Typically back home they keep their distance, so when we made a stop to check out the view at Crescent Lake in Olympic National Park we were delighted to see one stick around. We tossed him a dried apricot and he decided to stick around for more…
He seemed to own this grassy patch on the lake shore…
We noticed that he liked to perch on the parking logs at the edge of the grass – here he gives us his “I’m pitiful” look…
We placed the apricot on the log at a spot near us and backed off to watch…
He waddled across the top of the log, occasionally taking a couple of hops…
As he gets to the end of the first log, he winds up for a big hop…
And he starts the stomping waddle to his treat…
He catches the next flight to the tree across the road to see if there are more apricots to come.
That’s a very handsome Raven. And he obviously enjoyed his apricot!
I should have shot video of him, he was such a character – he walked like a cartoon soldier. Ravens were everwhere we went in Washington State.
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Enjoy! That photo with the apricot in his mouth–priceless! 🙂
I never thought of a raven as “cute” before I met this guy 🙂
I can’t wait to hear more about the trip you’re on! You certainly have had some beautiful weather for traveling in the PNW. I don’t know if you’re spending any time in Seattle over the weekend or just passing through, but if you don’t have other friends or contacts in the city you’re busy catching up with let me know, maybe we can meet (if only for coffee).
I was without service for the last few days so I’m just seeing your message. I’m on a plane headed home now. I love the PNW – we ended up turning inland and spent time in Ranier. It would have been great to meet in real life 🙂
Nice photos. Olympic National Park is one of my favorite places. The range of ecotones is phenomenal–enjoy!
Olympic was stunning at every turn. I wish more stations had been open, but just the raw beauty and variety was amazing.
Have a great trip.
Great shots Lorri. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday.
I was studying these images very closely as I’ve not been successful photographing crows and ravens myself. Probably ’cause they’re always in the shade. I think your images work so well because you captured the sheen on their feathers in the sunlight. Next time I go to the Gardens, I’ll see if I can find any in the sun.
Your crow almost looks blue-black (or is that just the blue sky reflecting off the shiny feather and beak surface?)
I think it was the blue sky reflecting. I under exposed these a bit to keep the black on black detail visible. I took them about 2 hours before sunset. We were next to a glacial lake that was so blue.
Glad you are having fun!!!
We sure are!
😉 I am trying so hard not to be jealous! Not. Working.
😢 I love exploring like this. Sadly I’m heading home.
Hey I would pose for apricots too! Even crows and ravens need lovin. 😉 Great pics of him.
LOL – he had such sharp vision. We thought we hadn’t gotten his attention but he spotted that treat.
Have a fun safe trip!
Great photos of bird that is hard to get good photos of. Well done Lorri. Have fun on your road trip! 🙂
Thanks. I have never been this close to one before. He was so funny to watch as he walked.
What a beaut! Shiny and such a poser. Nice Lorri, very nice.
Thanks Steph – he was such a character – one of those special encounters.
I like the pitiful look!
What fun. Have a blast with your sister!
We are doing our best to!!
ROAD TRIP! I hope you are both having a blast! Thank you for sharing these photos. They help to remind me as to what I miss when I don’t take the time to slow down and experience more of nature’s beauty all around me.
We are having a blast Russ. I loved that chance encounter between parks – he was a delightful creature.
Great photos Lorri – I hope you are enjoying your road trip!
Thanks Diana – we got close to Canada – but headed south for Crater Lake 🙂
oh that’s too bad – you could have done a whole series of Canadians and their eating habits photos! 😉