Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cranes


For unknown reasons, I've always been drawn to cranes.

These big birds are not as graceful as swans but they still delight.

In my jewelry dresser, one will even find a pair of origami crane earrings in red.

The birds are so tall and stately with long necks and long legs.



According to Wikipedia, the female crane lays just two eggs at a time in nests that are situated in shallow water.

Both parents help raise the resulting babies.  

They are said to do spectacular mating dances.

Here's a YouTube video of mating cranes who, by the way, can get to be as big as six feet tall!

The video is from the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  

See how these lovely birds jump for joy when they fall in love! (Humans could learn a thing or two from them.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DWCxLGRPo4 

(Try copying and pasting the address into your browser and then hit the "search" button. So cool!)

Did you know there was such a foundation?  

Loving cranes as I do, you can imagine how thrilled I was to see the crane sculptures  shown in today's post.



This pair of crane sculptures is in my cousin's  backyard and were a gift to her from her dear hubs!

Aren't they lovely?  I could sit and look at them all day long.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CRANES?


10 comments:

La Tea Dah said...

What a wonderful gift! I think cranes as outdoor decoration in the garden would be awesome!

I live in a wildlife refuge that has many cranes. They don't come to my yard, though, but I enjoy spotting them in the marshland.

diane.stetson said...

I don't see cranes around where I live but they are very stately birds. I see seagulls,pelicans, and hummingbirds where I live. I love to walk along the ocean shore and see them all in flight (not the hummingbirds..they are in my yard)

Bookie said...

I have one small crane on my deck. Live it !!

Gosia Kondej said...

Cranes are proud here, amazing

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

Susan, Cranes are mesmerizing! I always understood that they symbolized longevity, but on reading a bit further it seems they also symbolize good health. Love the video clip you posted....Wow, you can just feel their joy!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love to watch cranes when I have a chance. Always drawn to their beauty.

Linda O'Connell said...

Cranes at waterside...my dream.

Valerie said...

How elegant! Love the sculptures.
Hope your weekend is fabulous.
Blessings, Valerie

Eva Ason said...

Cranes are beautiful birds but can be quite noisy too. In Sweden I lived by a lake and there was forest all around, and a couple of cranes came each spring. Magnificent birds

Merlesworld said...

Not a lot but they do great statues.
Merle..............

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