Heralds of Spring in the San Luis Valley

Yeah, the first robin is nice, but here in the San Luis Valley, we look for the first crane. This morning when I let the dogs out, I heard the glorious racket of cranes flying over. They’ve slowly been arriving since about a month ago. They are beginning to be here in force — every year more than 20,000 Sandhill Cranes converge to meet, mate, eat and socialize. It’s been a cold, windy day, but having found my good camera, I had to give this a try. All my previous crane photos were taken with my phone. Definitely an improvement.


The Monte Vista Crane Festival will take place in two weeks. It’s a great event with educational tours, a science and craft fair, and special movies at the local theater.

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