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"One Raven is a Good Omen"

The Raven

        When we lived in Springdale and it rained, the first thing we did was drive up the Canyon, to see the waterfalls. Sometimes we would hear the flood water rush down dry drainages and dump into the Virgin River.  Sometimes we would witness huge rocks and water roll off the cliffs and land on the road just in front of us.  If we were careful, we could get some great ravenpictures.  It was raining in St. George where we now live, I had a new digital camera, and I knew there would be waterfalls in Zion. We just had to go see! As we drove, we followed the rain all the way to the Park. Just past the l01 Rancho at Virgin, the river was high, muddy, and going like crazy!  And there, next to the river, in the branches of a dead tree, sat two black Ravens. Was this an omen? Many cultures have regarded the raven as an omen of death, pestilence and disease. In societies throughout the northern hemisphere, the raven has appeared since ancient times as a prophet, a harbinger of death and doom, a messenger, strongly associated with storms and floods . . . and this was getting to be quite a flood!
        We entered Zion National Park, went up canyon, and crossed the bridge.... WOW!!! In all our years watching the Virgin River flood  waters gray, white, red, and really red, there's never been anything like this! The water was black, churning all kinds of debris, and rising rapidly. "To see one raven is lucky, 'tis true,.... But it's certain misfortune to light upon two" (author unknown). The rain must have washed the charcoal and ash from the recent fires in Zion. Black water, black Ravens...... and today.... dark chocolate river banks left on the sides of the river.  
            If you have stories about Ravens in your life, call Marilyn Davis at 435 673-0996.
            Brenda Rusnell is the artist of the Raven. And, "One Raven is a good omen".  Thanks Brenda for a great picture.
   
      Remember, for more information about birds, call the Red Cliffs Audubon at 435 673-0996.





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