Travel Photo Challenge Day 10 Cranes In The Mist Then & Now

Cranes In The Mist. November 2009.

Cranes In The Mist is one of Susan Brant Graham’s favorite photos that I have done. Below are some cranes in the mist from this morning, but they don’t quite have the same magic as the original taken in 2009. Susan is not only my photographer of the day for my last post in the Travel Photo Challenge, but she is also one of my favorite photographers, period.

Laurie and I have known Susan for 20 years now. It all started with the Albuquerque Rose Society where Susan, Laurie, Tristan, Susan’s mother, and I all competed in rose shows and rose arranging competitions. I believe it was the summer of 2007, Susan was taking photos of roses in our garden when her camera broke. She had a Canon point-n-shoot then. That incident inspired her to get a Canon 5D full-frame camera, and she started taking photography seriously. She upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark II soon after it became available. Susan is an OBGYN and also has a Ph.D. in Anthropology. Over the years she has won many awards for her photography. She wrote the American Rose Society guidelines for judging photographs of roses and published a book on matting photographs for rose shows.

Susan and I share the same birthdate, so we have used our birthdays to do photography day trips. Susan, Laurie, and I have also photographed various special events together. Susan retired a few years ago and has recently been working on projects that show how colorblind people see color and on genealogy. She has published books on El Dia de los Muertos parade in Albuquerque, her colorblind project, and she is currently working on a book or books based on her family genealogy. Susan’s blog is She has not been active on her blog this year with all her other projects and the craziness of 2020.

You can see photos from one of our more notable birthday excursions to AbΓ³ Ruins and Quarai Ruins at and El Dia de los Muertos parade and the Blacksmith World Championships were two of the more memorable events we photographed together. Photos from those two events can be seen at El Dia de los Muertos: Blacksmith World Championships:

My last set of travel photos for the challenge are of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande about 55 miles south of Albuquerque. The photos were taken in December 2009 when Laurie and I drove down to explore the area. It was cold and wet, and we saw very little wildlife that day.

Jupiter and Saturn were in the trees tonight. December 31, 2020.

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge


58 thoughts on “Travel Photo Challenge Day 10 Cranes In The Mist Then & Now

  1. Those are all very beautiful photos, Tim, but those cranes are outstanding! I enjoyed Susan’s posts, too. I wondered where she had gone off to. Sounds like she has been quite busy.

    Happy New Year to you, Laurie, Tristan and all the critters!
    πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ 🐱🐱 🐱🐱 🐱🐱 🐱

  2. Tim, I hardly know what to say except Thank You! The thing I have missed most in 2020 – things, really – are the times spent with you and Laurie exploring the Bosque, or doing photo excursions when the real rewards are the unplanned β€˜New Mexico moments.’ My hope for 2021 is that we can resume some of those activities again.
    Yes, the cranes in the mist remains one of my favorite images.
    Happy New Year to you and Laurie.

    • YOu are welcome, Susan. I save you for the last partly because I was going out every morning trying to get some new cranes in the mist shots. This morning was the mistiest morning since last week. The river has changed, so I can’t get anything like the original photo.

    • Hey Susan, Miss reading your adventures and perspectives. I assume the genealogy book is coming along. I am looking forward to reading it. The daughters will begin the spring semester next week. Should the COVID situation become worse (and it will despite the cheery talk), they’ll likely be pressed into service working in one of the COVID critical care units to cover the personnel gaps. Otherwise, they’re doing quite well. Stay well, stay safe, Susan.

  3. Beautiful photos of the cranes. We don’t see many cranes this way. If we do see them, it is usually as single or a pair.

    I think there’s a calendar flip tonight. Happy New Year. πŸ™‚

  4. These are some of the most magical and beautiful photographs I’ve seen Tim. Thank you and Susan as well.
    Happy New Year, I hope you will continue to amaze us with your gift if creativity and. Uplifting posts! Cheers and wishes for good health and happiness.

  5. Oh, these are breathtaking, beautiful and stunning! The wild places of refuge are often the most wonderful to behold, and this time of the year they’re a fantastic reminder that every season has its splendor. The sparkling, icy, cold sleep of winter will eventually lead to the warm, sunny, melting days of spring. The comfort of the circling seasons. We endure!

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