Last night I dreamed of five Sandhill Cranes ascending from a field as I drove by with my family. The kids were little.
When I woke from the dream, I was reminded of the first time I saw Sandhill Cranes while birdwatching near Lake Erie in 1998. Two cranes were riding the thermals and wheeling in circles with several Turkey Vultures. In 1998, my children were small and the time I had for art was piecemeal. Collaging and monoprinting were my media of choice at the time. Collaging more so due to the ease with which I could start and stop working on a piece.
The collage featured above was inspired by my first Sandhill Crane sighting. It is titled Grus Canadensis Dance. (grus canadensis is the latin name for sandhill cranes) Cranes have a courtship ritual which involves an elaborate dance which includes head bobbing, bowing and leaping. I'd love to see that!