My Creativitis

The Rantings of a Crazed Woman with Chronic Creativitis

Oct 31

When I think of birds and Halloween, there are two that come to mind more readily than any others: the Raven and the Crow.   The Raven is famously eerie in part because of it’s role in Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem called, The Raven.   The credit for the famous eeriness of the crow comes, I believe, from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds.

The Raven

They are both great candidates, but if I have to choose one, I must go with the Raven.  It is bigger, and has more of an ominous presence than the common crow.

Raven profile

This particular Raven is made of polymer clay, and is 1 and 7/8th inches long and 7/8th of an inch tall.  He takes Halloween quite seriously, so you’d better watch out!!!

Raven top view


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Oct 08

I originally chose the Albatros to represent Columbus Day at the suggestion of my mom, because this bird spends its life over the oceans and seas, and is often known to circle ships.  The Albatros is a magnificent bird with a wing-span that can reach up to 12 feet in the largest species.   There are only 13 different species in the world.  I can imagine that on the voyages made by Christopher Columbus he and his crew often saw several different species of Albatrosses as they explored the world.   Maybe the Albatrosses flew alongside their ship and gave them hope and encouragement in their long journeys.

Albatros

However, after doing a bit of research on the subject of Columbus I realized that there is a lot of controversy surrounding this holiday of which I have been blissfully unaware.  Apparently he has been blamed for all that has happened to the American Indians since his discovery.  While that might be a bit extreme, based on his own writings he did a lot of things to the natives that were extremely cruel and indecent that we truly ought to be ashamed of as a nation.  However, to say he was the only one to do such things at that time is ridiculous, and  instead of blaming everything on him we should just start with ourselves and make the world a better place based on what we now believe, and learn from the mistaken beliefs of our forebears.

Albatros front view

In my studies I ran across something else that makes the Albatros an even better representative of this holiday, based on my studies of Christopher Columbus.  There is a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleride called, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.  It is about a sailor who shot and killed an albatros.  His fellow shipmates felt that it would bring the ship bad luck so they made the guy wear the dead Albatros around his neck.  Since then the saying “an albatros around one’s neck” has come to mean a difficult burden you can’t get rid of, or a reminder of something you did that was wrong.   How perfect is that?  The horrific treatment of the American Indians is ‘an Albatros around the necks’ of the American people, and apparently it all started with Columbus.  But, we can rise above it and make better choices, and create a better world for all of us!

Columbus Day Bird

This particular Albatros (pictured above) is made of polymer clay and is 2 and 3/8 inches long, and 1  and 1/8th inches tall.  He is a bit fierce looking, but he also has a gentle nurturing side as well.  I wouldn’t mind wearing this little guy around my neck as a reminder to always treat others the way I would like to be treated.

He prayeth best, who loveth best

All things both great and small;

For the dear God who loveth us,

He made and loveth all.

(An excerpt from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

 

 

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