Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sandhill Reflections

Thursday, March 5, 2009
The blurry lines at top center are sandhill cranes. This is an art shot.

These two images of sandhill cranes were taken in New Mexico, near Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge a couple of Novembers ago. The night I took these it was as cold as the balls on a brass croquet set. The cranes were flying in against a tangerine, high-desert sunset, garoo-ing to each other and settling in restlessly, in twos and threes.

I recently got to enjoy watching a few sandhill cranes against the sunset in Florida, and it reminded me of that night in New Mexico.

Cranes clustered together for the night. They roost standing in water at night to make it harder for predators such as coyotes to sneak up on them.