Krista Eubanks

Sandhill Crane
Watercolor, india + walnut ink with found natives on Yupo paper
58 x 32.50 in
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“Sandhill Crane” (Grus Canadensis Tabida)
Watercolor, india + walnut ink with found natives on Yupo paper
32.5” x 58” unframed

Eubanks’ scattered writings include:

“When we hear his call, we hear no mere bird. We hear the trumpet in the
orchestra of evolution.” 
-Aldo Leopold 1937, Marshland Elegy

The Sandhill Crane is among the oldest species of bird, with fossils dating back
at least two million years.

Once the dance has been started by a pair, it can rapidly spread through the
entire flock. They are often seen dancing and vocalizing for no apparent reason,
perhaps this is merely the exuberant refection of a state of mind, or heart,
that we as humans attribute to the “joy of life.”

The Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge is one of just a few places in North America
considered critically important to sandhill cranes, and it highlights the importance
of maintaining large tracts of wetlands and other wild places.