Cranes in flight, moving north
Nature had a different idea.
Since we began this trip five years ago, we have seen our tiny rural bridge site in sunshine and shadow, in ice and wind..but never in the first moments of a fierce snowstorm bearing down on the region. The cranes noticed it, too. They were nervous and edgy, gazing north and testing the wind.
It is spring for them in their lives without winter. We had to leave early to miss the worst of the storm blasting across the West, but still had one of the best crane shows yet. Life is here, now. That was the message I needed, and it was enough. Happy equinox.
Facing the north
Yellowlegs, a bit early
Restless circling flight
Testing the wind
Our favorite car, year six of the documentation project
Rising on an early storm wind
Huge flocks, high wind
Close-up of flight
Catching the light
Cranes in the Platte at sunrise as the snow moves in.
Cranes rise, snow falls. The camera is fine. This is now it looked this morning.
Visible cold pouring in
Nebraska rest area. Did I ever mention that I love Nebraska?
Nebraska road crew. That is snow piling on their backs.