This photo was made while I was standing at the crane pools. My tour group was facing the crane pools waiting for the cranes to begin to take off through the sunrise color. As is my typical practice, I took a look over my shoulder and saw the sun rising in a field of clouds that were golden in color. I advised my group to look both ways, but I am not sure anyone got this image but me. It was partly just luck. I noticed a few cranes flying through the scene and was fortunate to capture this moment.

I don’t want to sound dogmatic or heavy handed. I am not the nature photography police. On the other hand some people may not realize their actions are potentially unhelpful to the wildlife they seek to photograph. So I decided to write this post hoping to educate those who are interested.