At the end of the story, the Sandhill Cranes are all getting along fine and back to eating. That’s also how the story started … but there was a little incident along the way.
To set the scene, think about attending a really large family gathering with some strong personalities. People showed up you may not have seen in a while and if you were honest, hadn’t missed.
For the Sandhill Cranes, the perfect spot this week was a freshly combined wheat field near my home for family dinner. There was lots of food, lots of chatter and lots of hugs from members flying in from all over.
I was the uninvited guest watching through my lens and waiting for the inevitable family dysfunction.
It all went smooth for a surprisingly long time. Then Cousin Hank took issue with Uncle Duckworth’s aggressive behavior in the after-dinner games. Suddenly tempers flared, everyone yelled, and before you knew it, someone got kicked.
I looked up from the camera thinking, Did I just get photos of that altercation? I scrolled through the images on my camera and smiled. Here’s what I saw …
And just like that it was over and forgotten … until the next family gathering.