Crows and ravens, familiar creatures of native symbolism and mythology, are constant companions in the urban landscape. They populate the skies of San Francisco where I live and work, soaring above the sands and cliffs of Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park. I try to coax them closer with copious table scraps. They are difficult to photograph, fascinating and noisy in their interactions, intelligent and resourceful . . . and beautiful in their gliding flights. They touch a dark corner of my soul, and whisper ancestral secrets. Ancient though they are, they are a perfect component of the modern urban landscape and have much to teach us.