Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Funny little thing I have with ravens in Hydaburg: they don't let me photograph them. It just never works out. I would see them in great positions or interesting compositions but as soon as I pulled a camera ready, off they would fly. (Well, one time I got one but I was inside a house and the raven didn't see me through the window.)
Anyway, we arrived early for Claude "Miijuu" Morrison's memorial on Sunday evening and the light in the totem park looked great. So, I thought to get a few shots. I snapped a couple and then noticed a raven on top of one of the poles. Sure enough, the split second before I snapped the shutter, the raven jumped and flew enough to "ruin" the shot. Not surprised, I continued to photograph other totem poles.
As I turned to go back to the car, I noticed a raven perched on one top of a double fin killer whale pole. I had to try again! This time, however, he never left. I snapped a couple--he stayed there. At one point, the raven looked at me and cawed a few times. I snapped more or less the same shot over again but enjoyed the moment, knowing full well that Miijuu belongs to the raven double fin killer whales.
Haw'aa to Rick for parking where you did...and to Miijuu for his example of an amazing Life.