Monday, April 4, 2011

Cranes and Canvas

photo Elise VanCise 


The cranes walked though the grass elegant, heads held high. They watched me as I stood on the porch watching them in return. Their long necks bent beaks to the ground. They picked at the blades of grass looking for a morsel.

One scratches at the dirt making a soft calling sound. A youngling walks slowly over it its parent nibbling the offered bits. After their meal the family wanders around the yard looking for a sunny spot.

Once they find the perfect place they fluff and primp. One opens its wings full stretch. The magnificent creature rose to the tips of his toes as if to take flight.

After a moment passed he flapped his wings and closed them turning to nuzzle his mate. The family finished with their visit turned together and made their way back to the wood.

I would have to wait for another visit from my feathered friends. 

The photo above was taken in my front yard. Almost every day I get a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Crane and their 3 younglings. I love to watch them and take pictures they are so beautiful in the way they move.

Canvas is a Winner!

My entry to The Nature of Magic Blogfest won first prize by popular vote! Thank you to Tessa and Laura for hosting the fest. There were so many great entries to choose the finalists from.  Thank you to all who read and voted for your support.

If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet go here: Canvas
Don’t forget to go to  Rose’s blog and read the next part here Canvas: Mia Arrives.

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alberta ross said...

beautiful birds - how great to have them come and visist you like that - lucky you.

well done on your winning.

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Kathy said...

Hi Elsie,
Cranes are such beautiful and graceful creatures. We don't see too many near us.
I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more from you.
Thanks for checking out my blog and for the 'follow'! So glad to have you with me!!! I’m still new to blogging and really appreciate any new followers.
Did you notice that you can click on my main page photo and it will take you directly to Oak Lawn Images, Facebook site and to the catalogue of photos. Or, if you select the link under the group of thumbnail photos, on my main page, you can just view the photographs on Flickr. If you see any you like, I’d love to have the feedback.
Please check back frequently because I often change the main blog page photo.
Kathy @ Oak Lawn Images

Deirdra Eden-Coppel said...

I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Creative Blog Award.
Go to and pick up your award.

Elise said...

Thank you Deirdra :) I followed you the other day :) Love your blog too!

MM the Queen of English said...

Great photo -- it must be a treat to see your visitors every day or so. I have lots of black birds; you have cranes. Lucky you!

MM the Queen of English

Suzanne said...

I knew you must have been from Florida, because I see Sandhill Cranes near my home in Royal Palm Beach. I love how their always in a couple.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I would love to sit on my porch and watch those. I do have deer in the yard sometimes and hawk nests in our back yard but the cranes seem very exotic.

Marsha A. Moore said...

Wonderful post! It's hard to convey just how large and magnificent those birds are until you face them. I'm south of Tampa and see them often. It's a treat every time!