Blue Cranes

Blue Cranes & Karoo Landscape

Karoo Landscape with Blue Cranes

Since May, a pair of Blue Cranes has settled on Silvermere. It is really quite unusual that they have made themselves at home here. Yesterday, while hanging out the washing, I heard their wistful calls and saw them circling high overhead. Usually we only see the occasional visiting cranes just passing through. We used to say that they were a rain omen, one of the many that farmers in our part of the karoo use to predict the rains.  I have taken a few photos of ‘our’ pair, and felt inspired to paint them again, for the first time since way back in 1995 & 1997.

Pair of Blue Cranes

Two Blue Cranes

In those days, we saw big flocks of them in the Caledon district, and several paintings followed. But, more recently I photographed a flock that we saw on a trip home from the Nieu Bethesda district. This big watercolour depicts the cranes in the landscape where I saw them.  The other 2 sketches were drawn from photos of our new resident pair of beautiful and graceful Blue Cranes.

 Blue Crane sketches

Sketching Blue Cranes

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5 Comments

  1. Posted 20 Nov 2014 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    These are lovely Barbara.
    I hope they bring as much rain as you need.

    • Posted 3 Dec 2014 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      Thanks Sue, and actually we have had some good rain this past month so their omen must have worked 🙂

  2. Posted 20 May 2015 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Do you know that the oldest crane was a siberian crane named Wolf. It lived for 83 years!

  3. Posted 8 Jun 2015 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Just beautiful!

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