When It Rains Cranes

Sandhill Crane rain

When it rains Sandhill Cranes, even thunderstorms take note.

Cranes On The Fly

Lord knows how long this migration party’s been going on.

Cranes Over The Platte

The Platte River itself is giddy over being the chosen haven for a spell.

Crane Hill

The lowly hills bow down to receive this ancient blessing.

Cranes in clouds

Even after the cranes call it a day, one is left with a sense of hope.

Twilight on The Platte River

The river silently agrees.

Sandhill Crane couplet

Roundabout February 14 to April 15


Photographs by Uncle Tree


48 thoughts on “When It Rains Cranes

  1. You sure don’t have to crane your neck to find a crane to photograph. Wow as to both posts and amazing to see all those Sandhill Cranes and the beautiful sky as a backdrop. We have Sandhill Cranes here in Michigan but nowhere near where I live. I have a Facebook friend who lives in the northern suburbs and she frequently posts pictures of a pair that come around her house – maybe at the bird feeder? This is quite incredible.

  2. Thank you bunches, Lloyd! 🙂 It is a super-cool event!
    Last year was my first experience. I should have gone long ago.
    It’s only about a 1.5 hour drive to Grand Island. Not too bad.
    We’re going again in 5 weeks. Stay tuned!

  3. Good time to go – my birthday weekend. 🙂 It is like when the swallows come to Capistrano or the monarch butterflies migrate from Mexico. Nature sure is wonderful isn’t it?

  4. Thanks for sharing, Linda! 🙂
    That was oddly cute and weirdly comical. I also learned something:
    Chickens aren’t scaredy-cats at all. “Yoga In The Roost” Om…Balk! Balk! AUM

  5. I am loading pictures and checking my “blog mail” as it takes a long time to load pics. I thought this was a cute blog and I also sent the link to TJ of “I Love To Go A’Gardening” who I’ve been following since you passed the post about the meteor sighting. She always talks about her chickens and ducks. I do get a kick out of this blog and it makes me want to live in a rural setting … I am envious of people who have the opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy living in the country. (Except if I saw a mouse, snake or a spider … then I’d be toast!) I learned that about chickens too – I thought they would be scared and fly the coop. I also didn’t know that rooster’s job was to protect the flock of chickens and herd them as well … 🙂

  6. Roosters have long been a symbol of virility and masculinity.
    But, herding? That’s a new one on me, too.

    St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, so I’ll be out promoting my epic leprechaun poem. I do want you to see it.

    Yes, I’m shameless 😉 but proud of this as a lucky rhyme master. Aaron Pocock, the artist who drew my caricature, continues to let me use a drawing he made with this poem in mind.


  7. That’s what I always thought about roosters as well, not that I have known any roosters personally.

    Kim, the post’s author, wrote me back regarding my comment that Stanley had nine lives, and said:
    “Oh gosh Linda – we call him Stanley Roo of Nine Lives – so many incidents he has lived through. You had to smile or laugh as I did after it was all said and done. I think many folks think of chickens as just being a chicken, when really if you treat them like living beings that deserve respect and love you will find they aren’t any different than any other pet. You give love you get it back, they are highly motivated by food but yes, I think there was a genuine concern for me. Or maybe it was a concern if there was something wrong with me – who was gonna feed them! All good here. xo kim

    I love that St. Paddy’s Day poem and just commented/complimented on it. You should be proud of it. That is very clever and full of imagination and creativity. I said in my comment that I like that it is a “poem” in the way that I have always understood a poem to be. I like lines that rhyme. Freestyle poetry is okay, but this poem excels and shows a lot of effort was put into it. Thank you for sharing it with me.

    I do like to share some of my past blog posts too, partly because I remember those that I had so much fun creating that particular post, or it was some photos that I really liked, or a post that was quite moving to me, like when Marge passed away, or when my little bird Buddy died and I wrote about his passing. I will give myself shameless promotion when I say that when I read those two posts I wrote, I am still moved to tears. A poem like yours is something that is meant to be enjoyed as much as you enjoyed creating it.

    I am sorry I took so long to get back with you. I was at my old computer uploading photos, then had a long narrative to write to accompany the photos, as you will see later. I had 102 pictures and knew many of them would not be usable, but had to winnow them down and match them to the writing. I enjoyed creating this “day-in-the-life” blog post. I have to say that the best things I have done for myself was starting a walking regimen, writing a blog, and taking the photos for that blog. They are amateurish compared to others, but I realize that the creative aspect of the blog gives me so much enjoyment … I want to kick myself for waiting so long to begin one.

  8. Wow! Seems like i’ve found another human who is as moved as I am by the Sandhills. As I noted in my own post, Uncle Tree, the biannual migrations of those incredible birds are both hopeful and spiritual for me.

  9. Yes, nativeson49, I’m really a human.
    Uncle Tree is Keith’s alter ego. We both were awed by the multitudes.

    Nice to meet you! 🙂 I hope to go see them again next month. Cheerz, UT

  10. Yes, Linda, I viewed and liked several of his this morning.
    He has more professional equipment than we, obviously. Really good pics.

    His site (theme) shows “similar posts” at the bottom. That’s how I got around to see a few.

  11. OK, great – I wasn’t sure if the other pics from previous posts show up since you weren’t following him. I know you like cranes so was hoping you could see them all in one fell swoop. He has some nice nature pics, mostly ducks and birds. Yes, he gets some nice close-ups.

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