Appalachia Crows

Appalachia Through My Eyes – Refuge

Crow folklore
This was one of my favorite photos I took of crows-not that its anything special-but I just like the look of them flying as the skies are changing from late summer to fall of the year.

A week or so ago I told you at one point in my life clogging was my refuge. Today’s crow story was written by Misty Taylor-seems once upon a time crows were her refuge.


Refuge by Misty Taylor

There was a time that my world was upside down. During that time, I was offered a respite care in Brasstown, NC. It was a special, quite place where everything appeared to be exactly as it should.

Outside my friends house was a Cherry tree overflowing with fruit. It was such a pleasure to see the Crows devour the cherries. The contrast of their large, inky bodies against the green and red was breathtaking. In their pursuit of nourishment, I was nourished too. Because they shared with me, I had the strength to face the battles that lay ahead.


If you jump over here-you can see a mixed media painting Misty did in honor of her helping crows. The painting has long been sold-but if you like it-maybe you could convince Misty to do another one.

One last crow post coming up for tomorrow. As I wrap up our Week of the Crow-there’ll be a giveaway-so make sure you drop back by.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    October 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Love the photo and my father used to have cherry trees planted when I was a child. I spent hours and hours watching the crows eat those cherries. There was just something, as Misty said, about the way they did a job on those cherry trees.

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    October 2, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Isn’t it amazing how the things of nature can help us in so many ways, especially healing?!

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    October 2, 2011 at 6:26 am

    i popped over and left a comment, that is a really beautiful drawing

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    October 2, 2011 at 12:50 am

    What a beautiful painting, quite a talent there! The healing power of nature never ceases to amaze me, thanks for sharing, Misty and Tipper!

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    Elizabeth K
    October 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Lovely art work Misty and your. I especially loved “Nests” as I browsed through your work.

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    October 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    That painting of the crow was great! The colors, composition, and mixed media, exquisite drawing, all worked together to make a superb painting Misty! If you hadn’t loved those crows so much the painting wouldn’t have been so great. Glad you found peace watching them.

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    Mary Berrong
    October 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Beautiful painting. I’ve enjoyed the Crow week. A few days ago, I looked out my back door and saw several black crows in the pasture. When I went out to get a better look, the look-out sent out the warning and they all rose up and flew away. Wish I had my camera.

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    B. Ruth
    October 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Something funny….I was looking back on the Blind Pig to read the comments this evening….
    Good grief!..I thought there were only three or so crows in Tippers picture this morning…but it looks like several more this time so I thought it was one of those changing pictures you see on the Internet…So I started counting the I scrolled down it went back to three or four crows, and they were small this morning in the sky photo…What Happened!
    You guessed it! I needed to clean my computer screen! LOL
    Well, at least I wasn’t having some sort of old age crow warp…Loved the Fall sky by the way!
    Thanks Tipper

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    October 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Ah, crows! They are an every day sight for me, here in Auburn. And big ones too!!
    Your blog is as interesting as always- 🙂

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    October 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’m glad Misty found solitude and
    joy in the beautiful mountains of
    Brasstown. Her capture of a Crow
    on canvas is as good as I have
    ever seen. Thanks for sharing your
    determination and spirit through
    the uncertainties of life…Ken

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    October 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Misty, what a neat way to come back to yourself-being in awe of the crows and the world around you. Your painting of the crow—just fabulous–you should think about having it printer for other to enjoy as well. Linda Kerlin

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    Jim Casada
    October 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Misty–That’s a lovely piece of art work. I am always awestruck (and a bit envious) of folks like you, all of Tipper’s family, or Ken Roper–so talented artistically, musically, or in terms of practical ways of “making stuff.” I’m not merely challenged in all these areas, I’m shamefully inept. On the other hand, I have something of a green thumb, so maybe that compensates a wee bit.
    At any rate, thanks to you (and Tipper) for a fine visual change of pace in this week’s crow convention.
    Jim Casada

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    October 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

    The crow painting is really peaceful and the shades of color meaningful. I could see why they brought you inner comfort. As I think back over the past five years, when we head to FL in the winter months, each year we have the invasion of the the Robins; they love to eat the berries off our Holly bushes. The first time it happened, we thought for sure we were in a Hitchcock movie. There were so many birds, we couldn’t count them.

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    B. Ruth
    October 1, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I hope all your crows open their wings….!
    I catch myself looking for crows everywhere we go, and most have opened their wings…!
    Misty I enjoyed “Refuge” and the significance of the crows beauty for you…Sometimes the simplest pleasures have the most meaning in our lives…Wonderful painting as well…
    Thanks Tipper for bringing Misty to us…
    Hope your day in Brasstown is wonderful as well….

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    Karen Larsen
    October 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Misty… I’m glad the crows brought you peace and joy. Your painting of the crow is absolutely beautiful! It would be great if you could redo it and make prints. You are very talented!

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful painting. Isn’t it wonderful that the act of looking at nature in action can bring a peace to the mind like nothing else.

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    Kimberly Burnette
    October 1, 2011 at 8:27 am

    That is a gorgeous painting.
    I was at the grocery store yesterday and there were a whole bunch of crows–walking through the parking lot and sitting on the light poles–and they were cawing to beat the band! Too bad that I did not have my camera with me.

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    October 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Thanks for sharing this post about Misty! I loved the crow painting she did. I tried to leave a comment on her blog but couldn’t. so hope she see’s this one on your blog. Have a great weekend!

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    October 1, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Great photo of the crow!!! It reminds me of Jonathan Livingston – the Seagull – the difference being in colour. I don’t like the sound of crows but it seems these birds have shown remarkable examples of intelligence!

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