I stopped in a pull-out during the afternoon of a mid-winter day to rearrange some things in my truck's tool box, leaving my driver's door open. An open bag of Lay's potato chips on my passenger seat was too tempting for this raven to resist, and he made no qualms about landing inside my truck and helping himself.
Ravens are among the most intelligent species on the planet, capable of assigning specific vocalizations to individual people that they see on a regular basis, essentially naming them. They not only use but also create tools. All this one needed to get his fill of chips was his beak, and after he'd emptied the bag he hopped out onto a snow drift where he posed for this sunlit photo, intentionally desaturated for a natural look of bronze and silver.
We stared at each other for a long time before he flew away, across a broken meadow of sage and over a ridge of snow-covered fir. I doubt I'll ever pass by that pull-out without thinking of him, stopping again I'm sure with a few potato chips and the hope that one day he will visit me again.
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