Raising Crane: Behind The Wheel

Cranes behind the wheel

Sandhill Crane takeoff


Dancing Cranes

Crane jumpers

Cranes last meal

Possible Whooping Crane


Rare Whooping Crane?

The rare and endangered Whooping Cranes are white.

I’ve never seen one before, so I can’t say positively,

but that one in the middle sure stood out in the crowd.

Great Plains windmill

Photographs by Uncle Tree

April 13, 2018






33 thoughts on “Raising Crane: Behind The Wheel

  1. Thank you kindly, Brian! ๐Ÿ™‚ At this time of year,
    the pipes and wheels stand still, and the Cranes
    seem to congregate around them, for they are
    a ways away from the roads and cars and people.

  2. Beautiful picture of the great bird!๐Ÿ˜Š Here most of the cranes have left and they have flown north. Only a few couples have stayed here to breed and even the young birds who have not yet formed pairs.

  3. Thank you much, John! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was very windy, cold,
    and cloudy — a tough day for photography.
    The big birds didn’t seem to mind at all. Cheerz, UT

  4. You have lots of nice shots of these cranes, and, the cranes look so large, but perhaps it is also because they are out on the open plain. What is this apparatus with wheels Uncle Tree – is it a watering device, or maybe used to bale hay?

  5. Thank you kindly, Linda! ๐Ÿ™‚ I do believe it is all part
    of the irrigation system, which they can wheel around
    from place to place all over the field of play.

  6. LoL! ๐Ÿ™‚ With today’s gusty winds, they just might take off.
    We have “dust advisories” till 6. Only here in The Dust Bowl historical territory.

    We didn’t even get an inch of rain in April. All that changes beginning tomorrow.
    Strong storms and tornado watches will rule the afternoon and evening. Oh, boy!

  7. It seems to me from corresponding with you that we often your weather the following day (except for the Dust Bowl situation). My friend in western New York always gets our Michigan weather the following day.

    We did get a lot of rain, especially the weekend of the 14th and 15th … solid rain, then freezing rain. That’s when the 300,000 lost their power (200,000 in our area).

    We have a high wind advisory for Tuesday and recommendations not to burn or use a fire pit tomorrow. And, we have severe weather for Thursday afternoon/evening. I worry too. Good luck with the tornado watches … I am a worry wart about severe storms when it heats up quickly like it did here … 80 tomorrow after a high of 50 yesterday, is a recipe for trouble.

  8. We have no basement. :/ But historically, Lincoln’s been lucky.
    Currently, it’s 82 degrees with 50 mph gusts.
    The storms are due late afternoon tomorrow. Hope to be home before it hits.
    If a tornado were to come in view, I be taking pictures.

  9. Yikes! Well bathtub or inside closet is your next best thing. And don’t forget Rudy! Stay safe at any rate. I worry as there are large trees behind my house and the people in that house have been a slew of renters the last 20 years. The tree roots are coming out of the ground and I worry they’ll topple. I hope Lincoln continues to be lucky. Those are hefty gusts. Marge’s pear tree split in two at 39 mph and my metal shed lifted off its moorings and tumbled across the yard at that same wind speed. When it comes to Summer storms and tornadoes, I’m ready to fast forward to Fall. We have 72 right now.

  10. Hi Keith: I know you didn’t get to see the Sandhill Cranes in April because of Nebraska’s floods – maybe next year? I want to share this link of a Mother Sandhill Crane here in a local Metropark who has a youngster of her own and has adopted a gosling as well. The pictures are sweet and the two chicks are about the same size. This is not near me or I’d have checked this out already. The pics will make you smile: https://jocelynandersonphotographyshop.com/pages/sandhill-crane-family-with-adopted-gosling

  11. Those pictures are impossibly cute, Linda. โค
    Thank you for sharing! I've had little to smile about lately.

    I have sad news to share. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ My girlfriend, Lucy, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep April 26th. Yes, on Arbor Day, no less. Needless to say, I haven't felt like doing much of anything but the basics.

    It that's not sad enough, she didn't have a will, so I'm at the mercy of her two brothers as to whether or not I'll be able to continue living here. I can only pray it all works out. Still waiting for the autopsy report, and then we'll face probate court. Until that time, my life is tragically in limbo, even though, I am also facing cataract surgery May 24th. I need it badly. My left eye is practically useless. I had my right eye done 6 years ago, so I know how much it helps.

    When I'm ready to, I'll do "A Tribute To My Lu" here. May be awhile, tho. Facebook has been a good friend to me through all of this, so far. It is good for something, thank God.

    Peace, luvz, and hugz to you, dear friend. — Keith

  12. Oh no Uncle Tree – reading this message makes me so sad … you’ve been through so *&^% much this last year. I know it is nearly a year since you lost your nephew, then your mom late Summer or early September if I recall. It is not right that one person must bear this many losses in such a short period of time. And yes … you, Uncle Tree, and a loss on Arbor Day.

    I will keep you in my prayers that the probate issues work out in your favor and you may continue to live in the house you shared with Lu. Are you able to take some time off work after the surgery or is it a remarkably quick recovery … the reason I ask is that my friend Ann Marie had cataract surgery in one eye last August. She was 75 at the time. Amazingly, she went into the doctor’s office in the morning, her husband drove her home and she was able to look at her computer that evening and to drive the next morning! I’ll bet surgical procedures have improved since your last cataract surgery 6 years ago.

    I would wait on the tribute post too … though it will be wonderfully cathartic for you to share your feelings and photos, it is still too soon, too raw yet, and it will be very emotional for you responding to the comments that you will be sure to receive.

    Sometimes we need a diversion – Facebook is good for that sometimes and I passed these photos on to you knowing you have just had a horrid year (never knowing your latest loss) and could use a smile from afar about your favorite bird (except for Ruby the Hummingbird of course).
    Hugs to you Keith … do take care of yourself okay? – Linda

  13. I am trying to, Linda. Just got back from my blood draw for this Friday’s pre-op physical. Surgery is the Friday thereafter, and since it falls on Memorial weekend, I won’t have to return to work until Tuesday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! I should be good to go.

    Rudy’s a good mate, so I’m not too awfully alone.

  14. Well Keith – I totally forgot about the Memorial Day Weekend and Friday being the 24th so, of course you would get the weekend and extra day off – that is more than enough time to recover. As I said, my friend, much older than you, wrote me an e-mail that night to tell me it went well. I was shocked that she was good to drive the next day. Many years ago I had impacted bottom wisdom teeth and had both taken out on the Friday before Memorial Day. My father had to take the day off work to drive me there/back home as they were so impacted I got nitrous oxide. My jawline was green bruises so good thing I had the long holiday as I looked like a prize fighter popped me one in the jaw!. I’m glad your daughter gave you Rudy – he is a good mate. Take care and let me know how your cataract surgery goes okay?

  15. Thought of you today Keith and hope everything went smoothly. You’ll have a few days on this long weekend to recuperate and your eyes will be good as new again – perhaps no glasses now after the surgery? Rest up so you’re ready to tackle the world once again, one day at a time.

  16. Thank you for asking, Linda! ๐Ÿ™‚ The surgery went well.
    I went back early this morning to get my patch off,
    and the doc was happy with his work. Me, too.

    I didn’t need glasses to drive home, but reading
    glasses will probably still be necessary for fine print.

    Hope you have a great Memorial weekend, dear friend!

  17. That’s just amazing Keith. Glad to hear it. I knew you’d be fine after what my friend Ann Marie told me and she was 75 when she had her surgery, you are much younger. Now you can take it easy the rest of the holiday. Hope your weather is less fractious than ours is … we have storms rolling in later today. Thank you for your link to Facebook – I’ll say “hi”. I never post on Facebook myself, just use it mostly for connecting with friends I’ve not seen in decades or following nature sites or news.

  18. Through all the storms we’ve had (and more on the way), I did happen to catch a rainbow as the sun was setting Wednesday night — very hopeful.

    Thank you for befriending me on FB. Glad you liked the pictures. It’ll be a roller-coaster weekend, no doubt.

  19. It’s been a stormy and volatile Spring for us in SE Michigan, but nothing like in Missouri. Were any of your family in harm’s way from the path of destruction? I know I have been whining about the weather and hold my breath every severe storm forecast they give, but I’ve been lucky … so far. We were to get 60 mph wind and hail today but it did not end up being as bad as predicted thankfully. I lost my power for a time this evening though – not long after I was on Facebook and I don’t know what happened, but the lights were flickering, then I lost my internet. I never turned on the A/C as I worry about lightning strikes so it is warm in here now.

    You are welcome – I am a boring FB pal as I rarely, if not ever, post. It was nice to see your pictures of Lu. Thank goodness for photographs because they create beautiful images to match the memories we have of good times and loved ones now gone.

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