The Moon, The Cranes, and The Atmosphere Red-crowned Cranes – The Moon, The Cranes and The Atmosphere

The Moon, The Cranes and The Atmosphere

     The early evening sky was shaping up boldly as skeins of Red-crowned Cranes issued from the river valley below.  They painted paths unwaveringly through the rich sundown firmament winging their way to evening roosts.  Their cacophonous calls and power-stroking wings were a feast for ears and eyes.  Following the birds to the rear of my position as they passed, I noticed a nearly full moon hanging elegantly in the gloaming.  I quickly recognized an opportunity for another presentation.  Moving down slope, I set up facing the moon and placed a row of brush at the bottom of the camera’s view.  Then I hoped for the cranes to do their part and fly  between the moon and horizon.  Just as I set up this shot I turned to my back again and saw an unbelievably rich landscape in the offering.  As I swung away from the potential moon shot and focused on the trees and vista, a flock of cranes flew into the setting.  CLICK and the capture was made.  Returning to the moon, I reset the shot and waited…and waited…and waited.  Thinking the pre-conceived image was not going to materialize, I nearly gave up hope when over the obscuring trees, a sedge of Red-crowns burst into view just as I had pre-visualized…and thus the moon, the cranes and the atmosphere all came together.

~ Red-crowned Cranes capture and narrative The Moon, The Cranes and The Atmosphere, Hokkaido, Japan © Jerry L. Ferrara


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