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Cranes and Mountain

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Fall changes many things. Fields stop producing, birds move south, trees lose color and drop their leaves. These subtle changes of nature usually go unnoticed. Is it because we are so far removed from an agrarian society? Did nature lose its appeal when it no longer served a direct daily purpose? Or, perhaps, changes in nature are subtle to us because they aren’t accompanied by flashy graphic t-shirts, commercials, political platforms and rhetoric.

Against a backdrop of mountains in the horizon and a cloud line that dances across the picture nearly mimicking the shape of the mountain’s lines, a foursome of sandhill cranes announce the comming of fall, as they have done for thousands of years. Their hoarse croaking calls echo eerily down through the crispy cottonwood leaves, reaching me as I stand in an empty field. I understand their quiet advertisement and smile.

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  1. Dallin
    November 24, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Love the description. When I first saw it I thought, “What amazing clouds, but, oh… what boring ground.” Then,as usual, your exquisite writing opened my eyes and I was suddenly there, in the field, feeling what you were feeling. This has barely been posted and I can hardly wait for the next one! Thank you so much for this slice of beauty!

  2. Infinite Monkeys
    November 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I like the way the birds stick out against those clouds that look vaguely threateningly but also peaceful.

    What’s the shadow on the grounds on the right side of the frame? Is that more clouds or is there a building of some kind over there?

  3. November 25, 2009 at 6:51 am

    The dark line on the lower right side of the foreground is a darker patch of grass (deep green in color) in the field. This day was very overcast and the dry yellow leaves of the cottonwoods being able to reflect what light was there really helped.

  4. cloey
    November 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I love cranes they are my favorite birds…. I am always sad when the seasons change a the cranes leave. I look forward to your spring photos

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