Legendary! Book Released

Am excited to see the release of the new coffee table book, “Legendary!:Legendary People, Jobs and Equipment” celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association and published by KHL Group. The book features notable crane lifts, companies and people that have made a difference in the crane industry over the past 75 years. As a Contributing Photographer to the Editorial Board, it was interesting to go back through my files for iconic images to tell the story of the crane industry. My image of the historic Tappan Zee Bridge construction is featured on the cover collage and a number of other images have been reproduced as full page section dividers: cranes at sunset (shown below), a crane working on Cinderella’s castle at DisneyWorld, graphic of crane booms, and a tower crane working in NYC as well as to highlight the story in other sections of the book. Glad to be part of such a significant work in this industry.

What have we here?

A new sandhill crane nest was recently built on the edge of a pond near the house. Today, it seems to be shocked that there is an egg in the nest. There are actually two eggs and by the next day, they had figured out to sit on them both. So far its been a couple of weeks and both eggs remain intact in the nest…

They grow up so fast…..

Back in May, I posted an image of a sandhill crane that was one of two that had been born in the Spring out back. The two newbies are still in the neighborhood never far from the adults, but, as you can see, they have really grown in three months. The red crown doesn’t come in for the first year juveniles. The brownish feathers they were born with are transitioning to fresh grey feathers during the molt in late summer.

Are you my Mommy?

Like many bird species, sometimes the kids bear no resemblance to the Mom. We started with about a dozen Black-bellied Whistling-duck ducklings out back and nature has reduced that to about 7. Nevertheless, I stumbled upon them last Sunday and spent some quality time with them, my Z9 with the Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens attached. A nice combination to capture the kids…..