Crows are common scavengers around Flandrum Hill. The sound of their caws is in the background as I write. Like other scavengers throughout the world, they are adept at making the most of opportunities that present themselves in their environment.
Crows are able to sustain themselves on what others might discard or overlook. Besides intelligence, they are gifted with adaptability to their environment and possess a highly developed language for communication. Like most scavengers, they are especially successful when working together in groups.
Though the crows will keep scavenging until it’s time to fly south, our Midsummer Scavenger Hunt has come to an end and now it’s time to celebrate.
The great thing about blogging is that it’s a culture of cooperation, not a culture of competition.
~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
Thank you so much to everyone who participated and also to those who kindly offered comments. The photos were amazingly good and made the theme of the elements come alive in a way that I just could not have imagined. Each submision seemed to be a marvel in itself and were collectively awesome.
During the spring hunt, Kathy at Opening the Door, Walking Outside managed to find something prize-worthy in each submission, which I had hoped to be able to continue (as long as the number of submitters wasn’t too great). So, let’s celebrate…
The Best of Each Element:
EARTH: Jessica’s seashore at Jessica’s Nature Blog
FIRE: Dawn’s Australian flower at Sahlah Photos and Thoughts
METAL: Joan’s Canadian silver hair at Midsummer’s Scavenger Hunt Submissions
WATER: Kathy’s rain splattered fern at Opening the Door, Walking Outside
WOOD: JoAnn’s elder growing out of an old car at Scene Through My Eyes
The Fastest Speed:
EARLIEST SUBMISSION: Jessica at The Magical Mundane
The Most Creative:
MOST CREATIVE APPROACH: Robin at Robin Eye Photography (Elementary Edibles – now THAT’S scavenging!)
MOST CREATIVE THEME: Gerry at Torch Lake Views (Recycling and the Cycles of the Elements)
Heartfelt Pride of Place:
STRONGEST SENSE OF PLACE: Pamela at Books in Northport (Don’t we all want to visit Leelanau, Michigan?)
If anyone would like to coordinate an autumn scavenger hunt, please feel free to let us all know in the comments section. It can be simple or complex, with as much or as little organization as you’d like. I, for one, would look forward to participating.
All prize winners will be receiving a Limited Edition print of a Spiral Shell. Let me know of your preference of a pink or brown shell (as shown below) by email, along with your mailing address.
Image credit: American Crow by John James Audubon