I will never forget the summer of 2016.

It has been a week since I last saw my cranes family. I think they must have started the migration. This reminds me that they are so intelligent as they left just in time before nasty weather started around here.Even though I am sad to see them leave, in a way I am relieved that they have started the journey before it gets too cold.

I pray that they are safe wherever they go, have enough food and water, and find a safe shelter to rest at night. In a year the Baby crane would find a mate and separate from the parents. I don’t know what that would feel like for parents. I can’t imagine the three could be separated. But I know the nature will take its course. And the parents would nest again and welcome new chicks. I hope they can keep two next time.

I was told they may come back next year. But I am not sure I would ever see them again. So this is most likely the last good bye. I am glad that they spent three hours on their last day here on Saturday morning. I hope they had eaten enough food before their long trip. I even saw the Baby took several drinks from the water bowl. He might know he needed to be hydrated.

Cranes Family, Thank you for coming to my life in summer of 2016. You have made my daily life such a blessing and meaningful. I am blessed with your presence. I am awed by your elegant posture and your slow graceful strolls. Your hide-and-seek play with a squirrel made me smile every time I thought about it. Your love and protection of your family is admirable, something human beings should take heed and follow. Thanks for your trust in me, allowing me to be close to you. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to photograph you up close. I will cherish those images forever.

Because of you, I will never forget the summer of 2016. And in many years to come, wherever you are, you will always be my family and I will never forget you.

Below is the last photo I took of you as you were leaving. I didn’t know that would be the last time I would see you. 😭😭😭

If I have made enough good karma in this life and I could ask for a wish, I wish I would see you again next year. Until then, God speed and be safe, my dear friends. I will be thinking of you. 💗🙏🏻💗