After our bike ride on the Cannon Valley Trail earlier this week, we headed to Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. In the first two photos shown here Jessica is looking for Sandhill Cranes in the fog during the first light of the day. We could hear a lot of cranes in the distance but couldn't see them at first because the fog was so thick.
Eventuallly the fog started to clear enough that we were able to start seeing some of the cranes.
Loved this view through the fog of a group of cranes standing on a mud flat.
For about 10 minutes the clouds and fog cleared enough that a bit of sunlight came through and gave us some really cool light. Once the sky cleared a little, the cranes started to take flight.
Sandhill Cranes in the early morning light, diffused by thick fog.
There were several thousand cranes at the refuge, this view along Main Dike Road was where we saw most of them.
These three cranes were walking with purpose across this flowage.
Cranes in flight... love the subtle yet beautiful variation in color on their wings!
We enjoyed a breakfast snack at the "Rest Area" along North Refuge Road. The rest area was surrounded by beautiful oak trees, and looked out over a vast field which included a pond complete with a beaver lodge along the edge of the pond. Every now and then a few cranes would call as they flew overhead. It was a little slice of heaven for us :-)