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black crow in walnut treeAmerican Pickers would love this old barn. It’s holding 30+years of “necessities”.

One black crow enjoys his solitary pursuit of ripening walnuts. He deftly strips the thick green skin, devouring the meat after cracking open  rock-hard shells.

walnut orchard in green pastures

Hundreds of crows give thanks for this old orchard full of walnuts still. The pasture rapidly greens with fall rains, the gentle sunlight still warm.

Thanksgiving wishes to those in America and around the world.


Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.

Text, Artwork and Photography by L’Adelaide. All rights reserved.

11 thoughts on “Black Crows Eat Walnuts in Greening Pastures

  1. Mel says:

    Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

    I really like that one! I’ll do more investigation.

    In the meantime, black walnut trees are plentiful in this area–and I remember growing up and walking on ’em in wintertime, making the dried out husks fall from the nuts. Oh, and the ruin of sneakers….LOL You can work forever and never get that stain out.
    My admiration to the crows who’ve discovered how to get in those darn things! I’ve watched them work before and they’re amazing in the perseverance category. Hammer, gloves and a cement block was the answer–and patiently picking at that walnut meat all winter long for a few quarts worth……and finding bits of the shell in your fudge around the holiday time.
    Oh yes–the fella who does the pickers deal–lives in these parts. People put the darnedest things in their barns and sheds, huh?! WPIML has four mint condition cars in his…..why?….cuz he can, apparently! LOLOL

    1. good morning mel,
      i love this quote and am glad it touched you too. i think these are english walnuts because we have what we call black walnuts too and they are impossible to crack open.. these are too and they stain impossibly!! i am not a fan of them so rarely bother but have memories of “helping”… 🙂

      yes, because we can… tho i do question the sense of it all!!!

  2. Gina says:

    Beautiful. 🙂

    1. beautiful gina, thank you for passing by my way today… i still miss you.

      much love over the holidays to you and yours. xxx

  3. susancrow says:

    The color intensity of these pictures is wonderful to see.

    We’ve seen crows at the shore clamming with the seagulls – they even fly up high and drop them on the rocks the way the gulls do. One day last week we saw a crow snatch one from a pool a gull had been scanning, making the gull so outraged he chased the crow (still with clam in beak) all the way along the shore. The best part of my days here are being able to walk that park most every day. Thank goodness it’s been a long and mostly gentle autumn so far.

    I hope you have a wonderful family Thanksgiving.

    1. hello dear susan-it sounds lovely to have such a place to walk each day. i love the sea… and i rarely drive myself out to walk the beaches. i am not one to get in my car and drive anywhere unless need be… not ‘want’ be.

      interesting how intelligent other beings are. humans seem to think we are the only ingenious ones on the planet however there is so much going on under our noses with every other sentient being!

      i hope your lovely autumn weather holds for awhile longer. i am sure, being from portland, you are indeed, enjoying it. i give much thanks for having you in my life, you are such a kind and generous soul friend. have a wonderful thanksgiving no matter what you are doing. 🙂 if you are smart, you are NOT cooking!! and you ARE smart.

      xxxooo [[and i am enjoying having the kids here altho they arrived sick and that’s a bit tedious but mostly for parents not grandparents tho fingers crossed i stay relatively well. xox]]

  4. Steve E says:

    My yonger bro, at age 3, helped himself to some black walnute one hot summer day. (They had lain in sclusion since the previous October.) Bottom line: 106º temperature, convulsions, old German Grandmother put him in bathtub full of ice (where did she learn that?) Turned out OK after some time.

    Always I LOVE your photos, art, and discussions or descriptions, Linda! And…SO HAPPY to see you posting with some regularity (unlike me!) these days. Does winter keep you in–or is it out-and-about every day?

    I’ve missed you, Ma’am…mea culpa.

    Take care of you.

    1. hello dear steve,
      yes i have noticed you aren’t around much now but neither am i. i cannot be online as much as i would like but it’s been good. i get much more done without the pull of it.

      how awful, especially the ice cube bath…what remedy is that. i suppose to lower the fever? frightening to have a 3 year old child get so sick in those days.

      i am trying to post with some ‘regularity’ even if only a few times a month. i enjoy it but my body doesn’t so it’s a fine line. i like the connections i make and have made, such as yourself. i never would have met you without my blog!! i hope you do not stop blogging entirely… i have never been much of a fb user. it’s so boring and time consuming to me but i am definitely in the minority on that one.

      winter here is mild so far but wet…so most weeks i am out a few times a week if not everyday tho i wish i would remember my camera more often. i do not get out as early now for photos because it’s so cold and miss that. i have quite a stash of them from blogging in the past tho…no shortage there but some like you may remember them. 🙂

      xoxoxo and have a good thanksgiving, my friend. peace to you too.

  5. rlte says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. Wish you a creative day. Silvia


    1. thanks silvia and hoping for you the same!

  6. Mel says:

    Abundant blessings to you and yours, ma’am.

    Seems that winter is trying to find us. After a 62 degree day, the wind’s come in from the north and dropped it into the 30’s. Ah well…….it’s nearing December and that’s more the usual than not.

    Silly of us to hop in the car to drive about to see holiday lights–they get turned on after Thanksgiving dinner here. Apparently we’re among the few with this tradition..LOL….not a lot of lit up houses but we did get a good chuckle or two just keeping each other company!

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