Ravens | East Wenatchee, WA | 2016

Raven has a bad reputation: Dark Angel, Sky Omen, Bird of Death. But my own experience with Raven has been less gloomy and more playful. He’s a Trickster, cackling as he steals French fries off a picnic table or fooling a seagull into chasing a wrapper instead of a bite of Snickers. Of course, he could be both Cloud-Bearer and Clown — a spirit who sees humor and irony in man’s mortality. My friend Jared once told me, “They spook me. They sit in a tree to watch me walk to my car. I never, ever make eye contact.”