Sunday, September 29, 2013

The thoughtful raven.

We were at The Painted Desert in Arizona, and I came across our friend here.  He looked deep in thought, studying his claws intently.  It is almost as if he was thinking.....

And here is a good moral story about a thirsty raven.  Maybe you can read it to your children when they get discouraged about a problem they need to solve.


One hot day a thirsty raven flew all over the fields looking for water.  For a long time he could not find any.  He felt very weak, almost lost all hope.  Suddenly he saw a water jug below the tree.  He flew straight down to see if there was any water inside.  Yes, he could see some water inside the jug.

The raven tried to push his head into the jug but sadly, he found that the neck of the jug was too narrow.  Then he tried to push the jug to tilt for the water to flow out, but the jug was too heavy.

The raven thought hard for a while.  Then, looking around it, he saw some pebbles.  He suddenly had a good idea.  He started picking up the pebbles one by one, dropping each into the jug.  As more and more pebbles filled the jug, the water level kept rising.  Soon it was high enough for the raven to drink.  His plan had worked.

The moral is, think and work hard, you may find the solution to any problem.

~Author Unknown~


  1. Hi Denise, lovely photo and great story! I once saw a video where (either crows or ravens, I forget which), used traffic to break walnuts! It was incredible. They were at a traffic light and just before it turned green they dropped the walnuts that they were unable to open....watched the traffic run over them, then swooped down and picked up their treasure in the now broken walnut. It was quite amazing to watch, these birds are quite intelligent.

  2. We were really amazed at ravens or crows that we saw at the Petrified Forest. They showed no fear of humans. Your thoughtful raven is such an interesting photo.

  3. He sure does look like that's what he's thinking.

    And thanks for the fable... I'm off to drop a few pebbles in a jar now.

  4. That is a beautiful photograph and a wonderful story and one from which children would learn a great deal as would the rest of us. There is usually a solution to all problems, big and small, if we only have the patience to solve the problem. People these days seem to be rushing all the time and want their problems solved for them.

  5. And Raven's are noted for their wisdom. Wonderful photo, great tale. And so much better than one of our cat's solution. My water glass (beside the bed) was too low for him to drink from (how remiss of me). So he dipped his kitty litter scratcher into it, sucked the paw and repeated. Eeeuw.

  6. great story to accompany your photo of intruige

  7. Hi Denise love the fable adn the bowed Raven. I think he must be praying for guidance. Loved the flowers from yesterday.

  8. Cute story and a great shot of the thinking raven! Have a hapy day!

  9. Love corvids! I think he is practising his counting.
    Jane x

  10. Good solution for that smart bird who thought outside the box.

  11. HI Denise... Too funny, good caption!! What do you suppose he was really doing "nodding off "I have been know to have my head in that position
    with the TV going! : )))
    Cute story with a good moral!!