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W & N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
Coco, my Black Crow – Corvus capensis (Cape crow, Black crow)

To build a nest
with twigs unrest
lying here, lying there
to lay some eggs
and breed some chicks
to teach them how to click
to swing in the branches
and spy through the arches
to bathe in the puddles
all cool bathed rooms
in search of green woods
fully loaded with ripened fruits
all life did I stood
for life and livelihood
my nest my homes
one for one crow-hus
same straws yet new nest
next time I breast
sweet life, luxurious breeze
small problems everything within reach
friends of mine
plenty and more
we dine together
that is where we gather
we dirt eat to purify the earth
our souls divine burn the heaps holy
Yet I dream of cages untold
where parrots feed on milk and grains
mellow fruits are ripe and ready
anytime to taste without buddies.

- lalitha iyer

Corvus capensis (Cape crow, Black crow) 
The Black Crow has two separate populations – one in East Africa and the other from Angola to Southern Africa. Here it is common in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, largely absent from the Kalahari and Mozambique. It generally favours open habitats with scattered trees, such as open savanna woodland and grassland, but it is also common in semi arid shrubland, alien plantations and farmlands.

Swartkraai [Afrikaans]; Unomyayi [Xhosa]; iNgwababane [Zulu]; Ekorova (generic term for crows) [Kwangali]; Lekhoaba, Mokhoabane [South Sotho]; Segogobane [North Sotho]; Chikungubaya [Shona]; Gunguva, Qugwana, Xikhunguba [Tsonga]; Lehukubu [Tswana]; Kaapse roek [Dutch]; Corneille du Cap [French]; Kapkrähe [German]; Gralha do Cabo [Portuguese]

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  1. 30th October 2012 – FEATURED IN Redbubble’s Treasures
  2. 6th July 2014 – FEATURED in Local Critters
  3. 8th July 2014 – FEATURED in Love these Creatures


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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganabout 3 years ago

    Beautifully rendered, Maree. Love the way you rendered the feathers. Love the poem too.

  • So pleased you like him Bev, and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 3 years ago

    A lovely poem! A lovely painting! ;-)

  • Thank you Liz, and thanks for the reminder! giggle!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • P.S.: Thank you for the fav! (Whispering)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Maree, a lovely image.

  • Thank you SO much Andrea!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Roopa Puthraya
    Roopa Puthrayaabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work…i love crows…

  • Wow, lovely to meet another crow-lover! Thank you Roopa!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Watson  Mere
    Watson Mereover 2 years ago

    A beautiful piece Maree!

  • Thanks ever so much Watson, appreciate your visit!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Nicla Rossini
    Nicla Rossinialmost 2 years ago

    October 30th 2012 Congratulations! Your work is featured in the Group Redbubble Treasures If you have time, please visit our forum or see your work in the Permanent Gallery
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  • Aaah, this is wonderful Nicla! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Keala
    Kealaabout 1 month ago

    Featured 7/6/14

  • Thank you for the feature Leigh, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Woodward
    Linda Woodwardabout 1 month ago

    Lovely colours, and beautifully painted! :)

  • Thanks ever so much Linda!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
  • Thank you for the feature Corri!

    – Maree Clarkson

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