Nature can be a funny thing. I have read countless logs, journals, articles and commentaries on how mornings go at Bosque del Apache. The geese in the refuge now aparently did not get the memo. Normally, they do their mass take-off about a half hour before sunrise. This morning, as another fellow Anchorage photographer, Jim Liebetz was asking, “I wonder what makes them all take off at once?”, the sun peeked over the horizon and their was an explosion of birds. I had set up my digital with a shutter cable so I wouldn’t have to look through the viewfinder; instead, my attention was on the viewfinder in my Hassleblad. While my right hand was clicking away on the D300, my left hand was on the cable release for the Hassleblad as I looked through the viewfinder waiting for the right composition of birds filling the morning sky. Click.
After the geese did their thing, I moved over to the “Flight Deck,” a viewing platform along the main pond, to photograph the cranes for a while. Unlike the geese, the cranes work in smaller groups and, much like aircraft at an airport, take turns “taxiing” to the main take off area.