“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. The quality of cranes lies, I think, in this higher gamut, as yet beyond the reach of words.”
~ Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
I was startled to come upon this juvenile Sandhill Crane standing alone in a clearing. No doubt the parents had taken cover by hiding among the trees in the background.