For the Love of Crows By Sheila T

I had never paid much attention to crows. I thought they were just noisy, obnoxious pests. At least, that’s how I saw them when I lived back in Ontario. But then we moved to “Supernatural” British Columbia in 2012, and a couple things changed my mind about these black rascals.

It was low tide and we were strolling along the beach out in front of the 486-ton white rock looking for interesting stones and shells. Although I heard no sound other than the light lapping of waves, I started to get an odd sense – as if we were being followed.

I stopped suddenly, turned around and saw one lone crow following in my footsteps as I picked up and discarded unwanted stones. My sudden stop and about-face caused this crow to stop suddenly as well, and he seemed to look around as if to ask, “What’s wrong – is someone following us?” It was a comical moment and I began to wonder if there was more to crows than I’d previously noticed.

Shortly after that day, we noticed a particular crow near our own home. He had a broken beak but it never seemed to prevent him from hunting for food and having success. We named him “Brokebeak” and began throwing a few peanuts out for him and a couple of his pals.

About this time, we also embarked on an intensive walking program to both lose weight and get in better shape. Our walks would usually take us from our East Beach location heading west along the White Rock Beach promenade, all the way uphill on Oxford Street, then east on 16 Avenue into town where we would stop sometimes for a cold drink before continuing the trek back home.

What we noticed when we reached the alley leading to our home – and with still about one kilometre to go – was the sudden appearance of our new friends. I commented that they seemed to recognize us. Ric threw them some peanuts that he had in his pocket and they dove for them.

Yes, they had recognized us as we’ve since learned. They can recognize faces and they know people who are kind to crows and those who aren’t. While they can be both thieves and pranksters (more on that to follow), they also demonstrate a lot of intelligence.

They tend to follow us some distance when we go for walks – even as far as the White Rock pier or farther. Often Ric has gone out among the tidal pools at low tide with his tripod and camera, and our feathered friends will show up, patiently waiting for treats to follow after he takes his pictures.

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Our crow pals also seem to watch the house, and when they spot our car pulling out, they swoop in and fly along beside the car to get our attention. They’ll often fly along side until they get their peanut rations. And they also watch for us to return home. But we have one rule: if they’re noisy, they get no reward. Only quiet birds get treats.

Edgar Allen Crow - Approved Recipes to Feed Crows

NOTE: Humans will enjoy these as long you do not add any bugs or roadkill to these recipes.

We don’t expect everyone to share our love of crows, but there’s no denying their intelligence and cleverness. While that might not encourage affection, it should at least afford them a bit of respect.

8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (ABOVE)
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8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 12.25″ x 12.25″ black aluminum frame  (ABOVE)
$135 all taxes included
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (BELOW)
$125 all taxes included

Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

Both of these ready-to-hang framed prints are in stock and ready to purchase from

Friday the 13th ~ The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia

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Friday the 13th – the unlucky day
The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words ‘Paraskeví’ (Friday), and ‘dekatreís’ (thirteen). This is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a fear of the number thirteen, and is also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Some other links:

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There is a very good chance you will live to see many more Friday the 13ths.

Friday, April 13th, 2018

  1. Friday, April 13th, 2018
  2. Friday, July 13th, 2018
  3. Friday, September 13th, 2019
  4. Friday, December 13th, 2019
  5. Friday, March 13th, 2020
  6. Friday, November 13th, 2020
  7. Friday, August 13th, 2021
  8. Friday, May 13th, 2022
  9. Friday, January 13th, 2023
  10. Friday, October 13th, 2023
  11. Friday, September 13th, 2024
  12. Friday, December 13th, 2024
  13. Friday, June 13th, 2025
  14. Friday, February 13th, 2026
  15. Friday, March 13th, 2026
  16. Friday, November 13th, 2026
  17. Friday, August 13th, 2027
  18. Friday, October 13th, 2028
  19. Friday, April 13th, 2029
  20. Friday, July 13th, 2029
  21. Friday, September 13th, 2030
  22. Friday, December 13th, 2030
  23. Friday, June 13th, 2031
  24. Friday, February 13th, 2032
  25. Friday, August 13th, 2032
  26. Friday, May 13th, 2033
  27. Friday, January 13th, 2034
  28. Friday, October 13th, 2034
  29. Friday, April 13th, 2035
  30. Friday, July 13th, 2035
  31. Friday, June 13th, 2036
  32. Friday, February 13th, 2037
  33. Friday, March 13th, 2037

Friday the 13th – Bad Luck or Good Luck? It could depend on where you live. Generally in the USA or Canada people people freak out and think bad things will happen. Some people will even go as far as calling in sick and not even leaving their house. Mexican people consider Friday the 13th to be VERY LUCKY as these days are rare. People’s beliefs are what really creates the good or bad outcomes. I have listed below some news stories worth reading.

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Edgar Allen Crow - Approved Recipes to Feed Crows

NOTE: Humans will enjoy these as long you do not add any bugs or roadkill to these recipes.
8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 12.25″ x 12.25″ black aluminum frame  (ABOVE)
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8″x 8″ acid-free matted print of Edgar Allen Crow in a 14″ x 14″ black MDF frame (BELOW)
$125 all taxes included

Just the 8"x 8" print – $19 all taxes included.

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Get the WOW-Factor with these 20″ x 28″ Acrylic Prints by ARTographer Ric Wallace

Get the WOW-Factor with these 20″ x 28″ Acrylic Prints by ARTographer Ric Wallace
Seeing these photos as Acrylic Prints is an eye-popping experience. The combination of super-vivid printing, professional-quality materials, and the depth and details of these photos creates a truly magical effect.  We have one of each of these in stock for $500 each (tax included). The above is a sunset and the photo below is a sunrise.