The Trickster

It’s been a busy summer for me as I’ve been trying to create new images, finish a metalsmithing project, and enjoy the wonderful weather in Anchorage before Autumn arrives. One project that I’ve been working on is my new “Trickster” series. The Raven, or The Trickster, is a long-standing part of the culture in Alaska. There are quite a few versions of the Trickster story, many depicting the Raven stealing the sun from a greedy man and sharing it with the world. One of the smartest birds on the planet, Ravens never fail to amuse — their inquisitiveness, playfulness, and fascinating vocalizations are among their most interesting and endearing characteristics for me.

A pair of Ravens have made their nest next door to our home for the past 6-7 years, occasionally moving it to different trees for various reasons. It’s been so much fun to watch the new babies from year to year. Yes, it gets a bit loud (really loud) in the weeks leading up to and right after the babies fledge, but it’s a joyful noise that I welcome each year. The young Ravens tend to hang around the neighborhood for the remainder of the summer after they fledge, and then I assume that they join the huge group of Ravens who commute daily to and from the neighboring Chugach mountain range year-round. Many nest and raise their young in the Chugach, but there are a great number of them who decide to nest in town for the spring and summer.

Let me know what you think of my Trickster series. These images are available as cards ($4.95/ea or 5/$22.50) or prints (prices vary). Send me an email if you would like to purchase them or you can find some of them in Anchorage at 2 Friends Gallery, Terra Bella Bakery & Cafe, and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center Shop.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy these waning summer days.Baby Raven

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  1. Lys Ruiz September 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Sue, years ago my husband and I read an article about how intelligent ravens are. We visited one of our favorite places on the this great planet, Yellowstone National Park, and sat for hours just observing ravens. Do you know that they actually “talk” amongst themselves? I have no doubt they were talking about us. They actually posed for Frank. Very much enjoy your posts and photos.

    • susanserna September 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

      Thanks so much, Lys. I love how they talk to each other — I think that they know how to laugh also. I swear I hear them chuckling and guffawing sometimes.

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