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
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.