I was in Nashville when I got the message “Where are you? When will you be home?” It was Sunday and my return home was due to be Friday afternoon. My message told me that there were new kids in town. Ugh!! I am sitting in Nashville and life for the new kids is going to change so quickly. And then when I get home, they may not be there! Patience is not my strongest point, but I will have to wait. We arrived home late Friday, exhausted and ready to just chill and do nothing. My brother was home with us for the weekend. I took him to the wetlands, however, even the “spring” sun is not a comfort zone for him. Unlike me, he burns very easily. So after the first wetland, we went back home.
Monday I packed up my camera. Time change has happened and I thought that I would head to the wetlands after work. Well that did not happen. I ended up working longer than I expected and the weather changed. I am chomping at the bit. I really want to go. My biggest fear is that the parents will leave town with the new kids.
Tuesday we had an out of office meeting very near to the area I needed to be. So once the meeting was over, I decided to head over to the wetland and try to find the new kids. Ironically I walked most of the wetlands, only to find that had I walked in and turned right, they would be halfway down the bank.
Once I found them I sat down in awe and did not move for the next hour. I was so close to them. The parents did not seem to mind. In fact coming right up to in front of me and dug for food. I sat still and watched. Here are my photo’s of the new kids. They are Sandhill Crane colts. They are about 2 weeks old and unsteady on their legs, but are the cutest things to see. Their wings are tiny so they do not offer much in the line of balance. Their legs are long with knobbly knees. When they sit their legs bend backwards, and they just plonk down. They also tire very easily and so they may have been following the parent and suddenly they sit down and sleep. I hope you enjoy the awe and beauty of brand new nature. A first for me and such a treat.
“In a world where thrushes sing and willow trees are golden in the spring, boredom should have been included among the seven deadly sins.”
~ Elizabeth Goudge, The Rosemary Tree
I love creation. I love life. These little lives bless me immensely. To be able to sit on the ground and enjoy watching their activity was so special. I hope that you enjoyed seeing them. Hopefully I will be able to get back and see them again as they grow. Spring is splendid in the wetlands right now. The Great Blue Heron chicks are growing. The Woodstork chicks are growing. The Great Egret is laying eggs, as is the Tricolored Herons. New life is abundant and I am in love with it.
This is a circle blog, so please head on over to Kelly’s page and see what she has for you. I know that you will love it. I so enjoy being part of this group and collaborating with other photographers.
If you did not see yesterdays post, know that I spent the early part of March traveling. Watch out for the blogs on my trip to Nashville, Tennesse and also to Columbus Georgia. You can read our first stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee here.