Go North, Young Cranes

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The cranes that stayed in Corrales over the winter have flown north. Now we are seeing some of the stragglers flying north from areas further south. Every once in a while a group of cranes will circle over our house to gain altitude before continuing north. Cranes that fly in close to sunset roost along the Rio Grande before they continue their journey north at sunrise.

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Bold

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The cranes that have been foraging in the field north of us have become quite bold, letting me get much closer to them for photos. The cranes will start flying north this month. In the weeks to come there will be few left. All but maybe a few stragglers will be gone by March.

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Five Miles in the Snow

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We went out for a walk early this morning and walked five miles in the snow. We headed south on the levee for a change of scenery.

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Cranes glided through the snow.
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Entrance to the enchanted bosque.
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Laurie at the entrance to the enchanted bosque.
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Laurie walked in to see what spirits might be lurking about in the snow.
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She came out and signaled all safe. The spirits were taking a snow day.