Sandhill Crane and a stormy skySandhill Crane and a stormy sky

In March of this year I spent several days photographing Sandhill Cranes in southern Utah where the light and the weather could rapidly change. This Sandhill Crane flew in when a snow storm was hanging over the mountains to the northwest as the sun came up.  I thought the light on the crane was beautiful against the drama of the background.

“On motionless wing they emerge from the lifting mists, sweep a final arc of sky, and settle in clangorous descending spirals to their feeding grounds. A new day has begun on the crane marsh.” Aldo Leopold

For me it is always a joy to see a new day begin with the sight of Sandhill Cranes and to hear their clangorous calls as a new day begins.