An autumn walk with the dog on an unusually balmy day for November; maybe the last such warm weather we will see for a while. Just a couple leaves left on the trees: it seemed worthy of an iPhone shot. It was only after I uploaded the image that I noticed the face. Do you see it? I think it is Old Man Winter getting ready to blow in the colder air. Just one more piece of evidence that we are hard-wired to see faces.
Meet the Grey Crowned Crane from the International Crane Foundation. This lovely female is on exhibit near the Visitor's Center, a place that she proudly occupies due to her unique circumstances. As the guide explained, she imprinted on humans instead of on her fellow Grey Crowned Cranes, and now she thinks she is a human and wants nothing to do with those other birds.
On my recent visit to the Center with fellow photographer Noriko Buckles, the Grey Crowned happily strutted her stuff, and fluffed a few feathers at the group of school children that came to visit.
Her golden crown was backlit by the sun, but the grid of the wire fence surely detracted from the ability to capture her in her full beauty. I took several photos anyway, and with a little Photoshop editing to remove the distractions of her pen, her elegance shines through.