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Cranes taking a break

The Grey Crowned Crane, Balearica Regulorum, is a bird in the Crane family Gruidae. It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara but nests in wetlands.

Dance of Japanese cranes Simone Sbaraglia (Miami, FL) Photographed February 2007, Hokkaido, Japan

Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. • Lauren DeStefano. Photo uncredited.

Japanese Crane Courtship Dance - Japanese cranes have one of the most intricate and beautiful courtship dances in the world. These birds can live for 60 years.

African crowned cranes form monogamous pair bonds. Their mating rituals are so engaging that some African tribes have made them a part of their culture. Photo: Debbie Beals

Limpkin on a Branch at Everglades National Park, Florida

Good art is that which looks like it could be a photo, yet also could be a painting, and you aren't very sure which it is...

Who said animals couldn't be included in "Gratuitous Beauty?" Look at the flow of this picture -- the lines and the movement captured in a single shot have a natural cadence that you can almost hear the lapping of the ocean against the shore and the powerful 'swoosh' of his wings.

Black Crowned Crane, Uganda