Magpies, Ravens, and Crows--Oh My!


Magpies, Ravens, and Crows--Oh My!

I'd love to make and trade art featuring corvids (the fancy name for the crow family). I know there are crow lovers out there! Get in touch. CAW!

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Comment by Mail Art Martha on November 25, 2017 at 6:46pm

This midday dreary ,while I walked weak and weary in my local park I found a poem, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. There are local poetry lovers and corvids lovers in my neighbourhood! It made me happy.


Comment by Mail Art Martha on November 23, 2017 at 6:55pm

Thank you!!! Heleen. You are a proper Heleenpedia. I had forgotten Ideefix, so well named, and was too lazy to go through my books. I learned a lot of French with Asterix. I cannot remember if I have Asterix in Corsica and certainly, if I have it, it will be only in French; what a good idea to read it in all languages. 

Back to the animal sounds, I shall keep your learned message and perhaps collect more with the view to make a book.  

Next year is the year of the dog so I could start with that. 

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on November 22, 2017 at 8:55pm

I love all those animal sounds in various languages, too! 

Here the crows say 'kra, kra' (and in Dutch the crow therefore is named 'kraai').

The dogs here say 'waf' or 'woef'. A funny thing concerning the verb 'to bark': in Dutch it is 'blaffen', and in German it is 'bellen'. However, the Dutch word 'bellen' does not mean 'to bark' at all (as said, we say 'blaffen'), but 'bellen' in Dutch means 'to make a phone call' :-)  (I love these kinds of false friends, too ;-) )

How nice you mention Obelix, Martha! I love to read the Asterix books. That little dog is named Idéfix in French and Dutch, and Dogmatix, which has more or less a similar meaning, in English :-)  
(I collect 'Asterix in Corsica' in various languages; as in that album there is a party in which all characters from previous books show up, and it is fun to learn that, for example, the Spanish boy, Pepe Paella y Peseta in Dutch, is named Pepe Costa y Brava in German - and many more word fun :-) )

Comment by Mail Art Martha on November 22, 2017 at 7:37pm

Thanks Jan. I find very  interesting how the sounds animals make are written and pronounced in different languages. For instance dogs say bow wow in English, I believe, guao guao in Spanish and the tiny dog belonging to Obelix says Haaarf! in French ( the h is silent). What about a study of crow language? my crows say usually Cow Cow, pronounced exactly as if they were talking of female bovine cattle. I have occasionally heard Graaak too.

Comment by Jan Hodgman on November 21, 2017 at 6:01pm

Looks like a pile of delicious noodles!

Great pic, Martha----GRAAAK!

Comment by Mail Art Martha on November 21, 2017 at 5:59pm

Thanks Toni. I was lucky to get a reasonable photo with my phone and then for fun I played with Photo Art Effects until I got something I liked. I was looking for Autumn colours. The app came from Google Play in my Samsung tablet which runs on Android. I don't know if it is available on any other platform. There are umpteen apps with umpteen effects; the problem is which to choose. 

Comment by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on November 21, 2017 at 6:25am

Martha, your crow is stunning! How did you make that background? Must be a photo app I know nothing about!

Comment by Mail Art Martha on November 20, 2017 at 1:25pm

And a rather altered photo of one of 'my' crows. I give them dog biscuits when I go out if I see them. Usually they see me and fly around my head. A little frightening, those beaks... so I always carry dog biscuits in the pocket of my everyday anorak. It also makes me very popular with dogs. The owners tell me their pooches are never so friendly with strangers as they are with me. I never give biscuits to a dog, they are well fed.

Enjoy Autumn it is about to end. 

Comment by Mail Art Martha on October 31, 2017 at 11:16am

Weeell, it is not a crow, more an old crone.

Have lots of Halloween fun!

Comment by stripygoose on November 24, 2016 at 11:25am
Love Rurh's crow - a lino-cut?

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