Night of the Cranes

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I decided to have some fun making a composite last night. The crane silhouettes were created based on my photos of Sandhill Cranes in flight at Bosque National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. The sunset is from this past week in the mountains above Fort Collins, Colorado. And finally the full moon was borrowed from my Phases of a Total Lunar Eclipse image. It was fun making this, I hope you enjoy.

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  1. Vic de Vera 71 months ago | reply

    Superb! Excellent shot!

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  2. A-BAQER <<WAH>> 70 months ago | reply

    Nicely Captured ..
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  3. Sir Mervs 69 months ago | reply

    i can sit all day long in front of my computer just watching your stream.. superb work man..

  4. Caner Erdoğan 69 months ago | reply

    Perfect timing. This is experience.

  5. jshillhouse 66 months ago | reply

    Awesome composite, very well done

  6. Cameron Cushman Photo 65 months ago | reply

    Killer image, great blending

  7. KM Photography.. 64 months ago | reply

    Wow, nice job putting it all together. Stunning work.

  8. minxslp 64 months ago | reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Kudos.

  9. melcir.meri 63 months ago | reply

    ~ Mesmerizing capture!!
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  10. Rich Helmer [deleted] 61 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot! Awesome!!!

  11. ripleymb 59 months ago | reply

    Just love the colors.

  12. magda195 59 months ago | reply

    Fantástica captura!!!!

  13. Rusty Russ 58 months ago | reply

    Excellent composite

  14. Wilfried.B 57 months ago | reply

    Great work, love your composite!

  15. mikescottnz 46 months ago | reply

    Magical digital imagination and manufactured moment.

    Some Celtic mythology is less kind to cranes, seeing them as an ill omen. In early Ireland it was taboo to eat a crane. It was not all bad, however, as the Irish war hero Finn was saved from falling over a cliff as a small child by his grandmother who was transformed into a crane. Finn was associated with the cranes of death - four enchanted sons of an old woman known as the Hag of the Temple*.

    One of the Celtic sea gods had a famous 'crane-bag' made from the skin of a woman who was transformed into a crane due to her jealousy. The god Midhir had three hostile cranes which guarded him from visitors - it was said that they had the power to rob warriors of their courage and the will to fight (an early symbol of hopes for peace, perhaps).

    Greek and Roman myth tended to portray the dance of cranes as a love of joy and a celebration of life. The crane was usually considered to be a bird of Apollo the sun god as a herald of Spring and light. Apollo is said to have disguised himself as a crane when on visits to the mortal world.

    The crane is also associated with poets (of whom Apollo is the god) and one legend tells of a thief who attacked Ibycus, a poet of the 6th century BC. The poet, left for dead, called out to a flock of passing cranes. The cranes followed the murderer to a theatre and hovered over him until, stricken with guilt, he confessed to the theft and assault of Ibycus.

    The Roman poet Ovid wrote of a woman Gerana who was extremely vain about her beauty.
    Her vanity incurred the wrath of Hera and Artemis, and the goddesses turned her into a crane. The Greek for crane is geranion.

    Homer told of the nation of Pygmies, dwarves who each Spring would wage war on the cranes on the banks of Oceanus. Later writers located this near the source of the Nile where cranes were said to migrate each year to take possession of the fields.

    The crane is not so highly regarded in the mythology of India, where they stand for malice, betrayal and treachery. However, in one legend Ramakrishna, when aged 6, fainted with rapture at the sight of a flock of cranes flying low against the background of the temple of Kali *, with whom they were associated.

    Western Asian tradition tended to follow Greek and Roman writers in associating cranes with Apollo the sun god. They believed that cranes (kurti in Persian and ghurnuq in Arabic) were awake very early in the morning saying their prayers. They also believed that the brain and gall bladder of a crane had miraculous medicinal power to ensure a long life.

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