Thursday, June 15, 2006

Bird of Steele

Steel yourselves, my faithful BOTB readers. You are about to visit the most popular tourist attraction in Steele, ND. It is a giant sandhill crane. And I have featured it here in BOTB before, but never like this.

Harmless enough from a distance, charming even, the Steele sandhill crane. By the way, that birdbath by the rocks is WAY too small for the crane to use.

On Saturday, June 10, 2006, just before I went to my sacred place, I dropped into the charming ville on I-94, known as Steele, North Dakota. This is the home of the World's Largest Sandhill Crane.

I think, in the interest of accuracy (as a magazine editor, I'm a member of the elite liberal media) we should add the word "Manufactured", or even "Steel" to that description, since this is not a wild, free-flying sandhill crane of gargantuan proportions. Rather it is a human-made structure that draws tourists off the highway much as certain things draw flies.

The Steele crane is not ugly, but it is ginormous. I spent a few moments communing with it, snapped a few digital images, and went along my way, satisfied to have added this species, in person, to my life list of Giant Things.

You can tell at least one lawyer has visited. So what, is this bird not potty trained?

Oh, dude! What creature on this green earth could've left giant dark piles of steaming...Oh no! No way! The Steele crane is... ALIVE?


At 8:59 AM, Blogger Rondeau Ric said...

..aren't you glad an elephant can't fly?

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your Giant Things posts. I think you should create a separate blog only for Giant Things, ask for submissions, and see where it takes you.... Grace

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Rondeau Ric said...

Grace that idea is scary.
You do realize the type of people BT3 knows, don't you..... weird foreigners, weed pickers and (gasp) birders.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger BT3 said...

An excellent idea, Grace. One gets tired of birds and haiku after a spell.

Bring on the submissions!

At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can count on you for a laugh, a surprise, or a quiet reflection. Thanks for the wonders of your blog.

At 11:00 PM, Blogger janet said...

Have you seen the giant piping plover in Chaplin, Saskatchewan? I'm feeling an odd need to make a pilgrimage.


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