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The Whitehurst Diaries: Sandhill Cranes Migration
'The birds winged through cloud wisps and jet trails over Big Creek Valley, veering southwestward' - SHARON WHITEHURST
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By Sharon Whitehurst
The slanting November sun had made short work of the afternoon and was already sliding toward the trees that mark the western boundary of the farm.
Jim and grandson Devin were stacking firewood while indoors I cleared a project from my desk. A shout from outside sent me flying to the back door where the men were pointing at the sky.
The rasping voices of sandhill cranes heralded their progress as they beat across the sky from the north in ever-shifting formations.
We gazed at them with the sense of primeval wonder which such sights always inspire. The birds winged through cloud wisps and jet trails over Big Creek Valley, veering southwestward.
The last shush of beating wings passed overhead, the strident cries of the cranes fading as the sun withdrew behind the woods, leaving a blanket of red-gold and smokey lavender to briefly mark its path.
The dooryard settled into the sudden quiet of a November evening, the cooling air rich with the scent of rising woodsmoke and the sharp tang of freshly split maple. -SHARON WHITEHURST
This story was posted on 2011-11-27 04:44:18
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