Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lunch and the Whooping Cranes

One day this past week a group of us decided to go looking for the Whooping Cranes that like to hang out just outside Goose Island State Park. On our way, we stopped for lunch at Pops. This place is just a little tavern/café but the food is very good. The interior is decorated with these 2 wall murals.

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Ignore the guy in the picture below. I have no idea who he is :)

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Pretty cool, huh? The murals are made entirely out of bottle caps. Just think. Recycling and art all wrapped into one :)

After we had our lunch, we caravanned through the neighborhood on the lookout for the Whooping Cranes. After several streets, we lucked out.

From the road we could barely see the birds in a field. If you look really, really closely, you can see a couple white dots in the middle of the photo.

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There were 4 of them gathered fairly close to a feeding station in the field.

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I had a great time trying to zoom in as close as I could. My only regret is that we couldn’t get any closer. They are magnificent, huge birds. According to Wikipedia, they were put on the endangered species list in 1941 and have made a limited comeback. As of 2011, there were an estimated 437 in the wild and 165 in captivity. Just think. Here are 4 of that very small number! Click on any picture to enlarge.

Once we finished gawking and photographing, we made another stop at the “Big Tree”. I’ve blogged about this tree before but I couldn’t resist getting a picture of the whole group in front of it.

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It was a great day! Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

9 comments:

  1. Cool recycling idea! That's some giant size group hunting whoopers with you.

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  2. Love the cranes. We're hoping to see some this summer in our travels.

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  3. I can never resist a mural ... and this one is such a neat idea. So happy to hear you saw the whooping cranes; it's always a pleasure to see wildlife ... and all the more special when you know they are threatened or endangered and there's hope for them to make a comeback.

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  4. Now, I wish we had stopped at Pops. Maybe next year.

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  5. Love that mural. Some people are so talented. Nice shots of the Whoopers, even if you couldn't get as close as you'd like.

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  6. Very very cool art with the bottle caps. Perhaps this is another craft project for the CC2 meeting? hee hee. Let's make pelicans!

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  7. Fun Day!!

    Great Art and Great Nature:o))

    Would love to see both!!

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  8. excellent shots of the murals...love em all..very talented....great shots of the cranes....

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