Raven, totem bird ... by steppeland

Ouwehands Dierenpark
Zoo Rhenen – the Netherlands
Copyright © 2010 Steppeland – All rights reserved

Raven, totem bird…
Raven Wikipedia) –
Next to Elephant, my life-long totem, Raven seems to be my new totem animal for this time of my life…

RAVEN – totem – symbolism :
( sources: linsdomain and animaltotem )

Magic, Healing, Creation, Mysticism

If a raven totem has come into our life,
magic is at play.
Raven activates the energy of magic
and links it to our will and intention.

With this totem, we can make great changes
in our life, the ability to take the unformed thought and make it reality.

The raven shows us how to go into the dark
of our inner self and bring out the light of our true self, resolving inner conflicts which have long been buried.
This is the deepest power of healing we can possess.
Ravens are known as the “keeper of secrets” in several native tribes, and are the teachers of mysticism. They have been wrapped in a wealth of myth and lore throughout many cultures and ages. Their black color and diet of dead animals associates them with the vast void of darkness, which is representative of the unconscious.

Raven flies to us with heightened awareness and greater understanding of our consciousness. It is with this new perception that we begin seeing into the hearts of others and experience their feelings. Raven asks us to experience the transformation it brings within our multidimensional self, and be reunited with the mysteries of the universe so we can expel our inner demons.

Conservation status

Raven is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Status: Least concern
In some parts of their range, there have been localised declines due to habitat loss and direct persecution.

Technical details:

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
1/250 sec, f unknown
ISO 200, 300mm
225 views on June 8, 2011

TAGS : Animals, birds, black, raven, totem, symbolism, zoo, portrait, Rhenen, Netherlands,

Challenge Winner
Challenge winner in Nature photography challenge: Rainbow – colour black (May 26, 2011)
Thank you so much to the group for organizing the challenges, and to all who voted !

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in The Birds (Feb. 25, 2011)
Featured in Naturally black and white (March 18, 2011)
Featured in Raven Heart (April 16, 2011)
Featured in Photo Art – #1 Artists of Redbubble (June 13, 2011)
Top10 placement in #1 artists of Redbubble – Photo Art (June 22, 2011)
Top10 in Black – Nature Photography Challenge (Oct. 24, 2011)
Featured in Nature photography Challenge (Nov. 2, 2011)
Top10 in Letter R – Cee’s fun artsy friends (Dec. 29, 2011)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • polly470
    polly470about 4 years ago

    Superb portrait!!!

  • Thank you so much, Polly, I must admit, this is one of my personal faves! :)

    – steppeland

  • KathleenRinker
    KathleenRinkerabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot!!

  • Thank you so much, Kathleen!

    – steppeland

  • EvilTwin
    EvilTwinabout 4 years ago

    Great shot of a wonderful bird…

  • Thanks, ET, for the kind comment!

    – steppeland

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Ray!

    – steppeland

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 4 years ago

    superb portrait! ravens are pretty tough survivors

  • Haha, I may need that quality for the present phase in my life too, LOL – Thanks for the great comment! :D

    – steppeland

  • BoudoirKandy
    BoudoirKandyabout 4 years ago

    superb!! fabulous detail !!!
    a powerful member of the Crow family :)

  • Thank you so much! Yes, indeed… an amazing, fascinating bird…

    – steppeland

  • Yacoub Hilweh
    Yacoub Hilwehabout 4 years ago

    great picture! I am a big fan of ravens and this picture captures the raven superbly.

  • Hi, Yacoub! Thank you so much for your visit and great comment. It means a lot!

    – steppeland

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you so much, Sylvia!

    – steppeland

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful texture and detail!

  • Hi, Maryin. Thank you so much for tour visit and great compliment! Much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • reindeer
    reindeerabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much! :)

    – steppeland

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