Cranes at Kyongpo Lake, near Kangnung (January 2001).
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Asian tradition says that that cranes are birds of happiness, wisdom, good fortune, prosperity and - especially - longevity. Cranes also mate for life, so they're symbols of fidelity. No wonder cranes show up so often in art and culture. For example, the colors purple, white, and blue are supposed to stand for cranes in the Korean tea ceremony.

Margaret spotted the cranes on Kyongpo (Gyeongpo) Lake very early in her stay in Kangnung (Gangneung). For months she tried to snap a photo, but they were always too shy. In January of 2001, her time in Korea was running out. But she had a new camera with a zoom lens. Finally, she caught these graceful birds on film.

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