There were old Monty Python sketches, that started with “Well, I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition…”
When we visited the new wing of the Corning Glass Museum, I didn’t expect crows. But there were quite a few.
And this was my kind of ornithology – – indoors, out of the snow and sleet, and the subjects holding very still.
Among the creatures depicted on, and of glass, over the millennia, birds are clearly flying high, a perennial favorite.
The crows in the pictures above, are not glass. They’re taxidermied in the act of dismantling a ruby glass chandelier.
I’ve always kind of liked crows.
They’re a lot like some of my friends – – not outwardly colorful, but very smart, and horrible singers.
And some of them, easily distracted by shiny objects.
You’ve probably heard about the little girl in Seattle, who liked feeding the local crows.
The crows began to reciprocate by bringing her lots of interesting junk. Including bits of glass, some beads and tiny lightbulbs.
Here’s a funny coincidence, not making this up.
While I’m writing this, I’m listening online to the Rochester NPR station (WXXI 91.5 FM).
They’re playing Schubert’s “Winterreise”
It’s a song cycle in German, not really my kind of thing, but growing on me. Parts of it are beautiful, but very formal, and sorry, just a bit somber.
And the commentator just mentioned the song was “Die Krähe” (“The Crow”)!
I looked it up: “A crow has been following him. It has never left him, expecting to take his body as its prey.”
If Schubert had just been walking with a ruby glass chandelier, he could have tossed it on the path, and run for it!
One more installation, and let this be a warning, to any crows following me, and getting ideas.
“13 Crows” by Michael Rogers. The description from the museum site: “Transparent light grey glass; cast, applied pigment; assembled, paper, glue, and wire. 13 cast glass crows. The bodies are wrapped and glued, mummy-like, with newsprint ripped from the front pages of a Japanese newspaper. The crows are hung upside down, suspended by their tails from a twisted wire.”
P.S. I then looked at some of the blogs I follow, and look what Frenchapple 10 “Creartful Dodger” posted [wordpress.com/read/feeds/2949462/posts/1733572267]
It was just Day of the Crows around here!!