I know it is the year of the dragon but the Crane In China, the Red-crowned Crane is often featured in myths and legends. In Taoism, the Red-crowned Crane is a symbol of longevity and immortality. In art and literature, immortals are often depicted riding on cranes. A mortal who attains immortality is similarly carried off by a crane. Reflecting this association, Red-crowned Cranes are called xian he (仙鹤), or fairy cranes. The Red-crowned Crane is also a symbol of nobility. Depictions of the crane have been found in Shang Dynasty tombs and Zhou Dynasty ceremonial bronze ware. A common theme in later Chinese art is the reclusive scholar who cultivates bamboo and keeps crane.
Original shot of the Crane taken with a Canon 500d 55-250 mm lens .
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