Posts Tagged ‘Sandhill Cranes’

What a wonderful challenge idea Cee.

Here is my story of water – from droplet to ocean and back again. I hope you enjoy the rather lengthy journey.

The first stop is two drops of water that are held by bits of moss.

Raindrops on moss

Raindrops on moss

While much of this water will sink back into the earth to replenish aquifers or run off to do duty elsewhere, some will evaporate. Evaporated these two water drops band together with millions of billions of others to form clouds that can be jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Rural Railroad Crossing - July 19, 2013 - 73

However, those same water drops can become nightmarishly dangerous if you are driving on a rural highway in the blinding rain.

Traveling America - Downpour on Highway 2-2

Of course these water drop can also fall in the form of snow …

In the Cascades - April 17, 2013 - 43

or may become ice and form gigantic glaciers or the most delicate of structures.

Flight.

The gathering of water is among the most common sights on earth given that more than 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water.

Water readily forms puddles …

Circlepalooza - April 19, 2013

and ponds.

Spring at Army Ammunition Plant - May 05, 2014 - 068

Left to its own devices  it will gather into cleansing wetlands.

Cherokee Marsh in the Fog - September 26, 2013 - 53

Water is the great way station and play station for a myriad of wildlife from Canadian Geese

Goose Prepares for Flight - October 02, 2013 - 68-E

to bald eagles (here an immature bald eagle)

Immature Bald Eagle - January 10, 2014 - 15

to Sandhill cranes.

Sandhill Cranes1

When the drops of water do not sink into the ground, they gather together first into streams …

Columbia River Gorge  - April 21, 2013 - 0038

that lead to great lakes like Lake Michigan

Sunset on Lake Michigan

and mighty rivers like the Columbia River

Columbia River Gorge  - April 21, 2013 - 0416

… all inexorably making their way to the oceans.

Here we see two surfers in the Pacific near Cannon  Beach in Oregon,

Surfers near Cannon Beach. OR

while the view of the Pacific in Monterey is much more peaceful.

There is a House Back There

It is in the oceans that the water, heated by the sun, drives the climate. Eventually that water freshened by evaporation raises itself again and ultimately gathers itself into the weather systems we watch for and when the rain falls we see in it our own renewal.

Self-portrait

The Word A Week Challenge – Favorite is indeed a challenge because what my favorite photo is changes from time to time. Paralyzed by indecision, I finally decided to post several of my favorites, which as you will see comprise quite an eclectic group.


Shasta Daisy
  Esther Mae - July 30, 2010 - 151On Edge 2  Flag Flies at Sunset

A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – ACTION Sparkle - July 15, 2012 - 004

Butterflies - 6 - August 11, 2011-Edit

Wind_Camera_USA Minot Air Show - 839 - July 04, 2012

A Word A Week Challenge - Action III was on the Wisconsin River just down from the famous “Shack” owned by Aldo Leopold (author of A Sand County Almanac). It was later in the fall and I was photographing a congregations of Sandhill Cranes that occurs each year before the cranes begin their journey to Florida. During a congregation (think gathering) many thousands of birds can assemble at what is essentially a staging area, There is a lot of competition for prime real estate but this image is simply a photo of three cranes landing while others look on – still plenty of action for the Word A Week Challenge.

Last fall I went over to the Wisconsin River to shoot some photos of the Sandhill Crane Congregation that occurs very close to Aldo Leopold’s “Shack” along the river. For some reason, cranes group together into large “Congregations” — basically staging areas — before heading south for the winter. I got a few interesting shots although my biggest telephoto lens is only 200mm and much of the activity was on the other side of the river. This required a fair amount of work with Photoshop, particularly with the photos taken later in the day. Please let me know what you think if you enjoy these.