Monday, December 2, 2013

Into the Blue


 
  
And now autumn has grown older.
Sandhill Cranes ride high in the sky.
This pre-flight trial to test the young.

 
Two thousand feet into the blue.
Circling higher, feathering the clouds.

 
 
Migration south to begin soon.
Is this the last time we see them?
Four long months until their return.


Anticipating next spring's first sighting,
and the ancient, rattling call of the crane.

©  2013  Richard Havenga




 
 
 Listen to these calls of the Sandhill Crane from:  Cornell Labs
 
 
 
Photo Locations:
 
1, 2, 3 - Home Land
 
4. Parnell,  Kent County, Michigan