Day 48 – Nevermore   13 comments

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! –
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted –
On this home by horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore –
Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

(Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”)

Not interested in the view, more keenly attentive to the food we carry, ravens inhabit the Grand Canyon, keeping a watchful eye on photographers, hikers, bird-watchers and meditators. They squawk and shout as if demanding we leave their territory. If we wish to stay any longer, an offering of food would be acceptable (though unlawful). They approach, without care or concern, the tourists flocking to the precipice. They act as the toll collectors – (feed us first!) – for the view.

If you decline to provide an offering, be watchful of your food, they might just take it. Hopefully without startling you over the rim.

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13 responses to “Day 48 – Nevermore

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  1. This is the best one yet – an amazing photo.

  2. Ominous. Interesting toning here too. I recently read a history on “psychopomps” in literature and mythology, psychopomp being a cool sounding word meaning a conveyor of souls to the afterlife, e.g. charon, the reaper, etc. There was a good bit about ravens & crows being traditionally interpreted as psychopomps. So making offerings are likely a good thing 🙂

  3. Amazing photos! Ravens are everywhere here and I love them, and the superstitions attached to them.

  4. The image is simply stunning, love it!!

  5. Last shot is awesome.
    Kind of have an eerie look and seems like the raven is looking for an event to happen.

  6. LOVE these!

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