Corvus Out For A Walk by Marcello Cicchini
Ravens are larger than crows. So they are longer, weigh more and have greater wingspan. When in flight their necks appear longer than that of a crow. The bill of a raven is also larger. Crows tend to fluff their feathers into a mane and when a raven fluffs up its breast it looks ragged.
The tails are also prominently different and this can be seen clearly when these birds are flying. Ravens have pointed wings and wedge-shaped tails but crows have blunt and splayed wings and fan-shaped tails.
Crows generally make the �Kaw� sound in discrete units. A loud Kaw followed by a series of short Kaws. It is high pitched and nasal; crows are louder and have a harsher sound. A raven has deeper and less piercing sound. Their calls may sound like “croooaaak”, “gronk- gronk”, “tok”, and “wonk-wonk.”
Ravens thrive on small invertebrates, [Amphibian vs Reptile|amphibians, reptiles]], small mammals, birds, cattle/sheep carrion, human garbage. Crows prefer birds, fruits, nuts, mollusks, earthworms, seeds, frogs, eggs, nestlings, mice and carrion.
Crows are associated with war and death in Irish mythology. In Cornish folklore crows are associated with the “otherworld” and so must be treated with respect. In Australian Aboriginal mythology, the crow is an ancestral being. In Buddhism the protector of the Dharma is represented by a crow in one of his physical/earthly forms.
The raven is revered as God by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest in North America and in northeast Asia. Several totem poles erected by native Americans in Washington, Alaska and Oregon depict ravens and the stories they feature in. In the Old Testament of the Bible there are several references to common Ravens. In the British Isles, ravens were symbolic to the Celts. In Irish mythology, the goddess Morr�gan alighted on the hero C� Chulainn’s shoulder in the form of a raven after his death.
About the artist: Marcello’s Biography
The author was born in Argentina in 1965, and lived there until 1990. Afterwards, he moved to Italy and left 15 years of pastoral ministry behind when something had exploded inside of him that caused the beginning of a profound change. From then on, he began painting, reading books, writing his thoughts, showing his art and attended courses of self-improvement.
Because of his continuous search for personal fulfillment in doing new things, he realizes that nothing a human can do or have, can ever add or detract from their true identity and that any aid that a man can have, comes from a source that seems to be within himself. In 2009 he moved to the State of Washington, USA, where he lives and works.
Marcello is an Everett, WA (USA) based artist. He founds inspiration in focusing on the brush “stroke” he can accomplish at this exact moment.
“Just THIS moment… Creation it is not hand made. Creation requires no action… it happens through you without knowing what you’re doing. The only requirement: Be Now.”
“I’ve sold mostly originals. In fact, I have a few originals in my possession right now and all the rest is gone, but not their images… they last forever. I started showing my art at the end of 2005 in Italy… it was a challenge and I embraced it. ”
“What I feel is a strong desire to pick up a brush and stain some canvas, crazy things and incoherent patterns like… red sounds, yellows whispers, orange melodies or blue hisses. Waves, spaces, distances, flowers and leaves. Light, time, protection and love! All those things I mentioned know where to go, they choose which place to occupy on the canvas. How many times have they told me what they wanted! I have only fulfilled their desires. Nothing is missing in my life. I have body, soul and spirit. And love… which loves me.”
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