Common crane (kurki) is a majestic but timid marshland bird. Without doubt they are famous for their springlike dance. In Finnish folklore they symbolize longing, since autumnal wedges in the sky are the final sign of summer’s end. Crane plays quite important role in our folk poetry.
So there are many folk tales about this bird as well. If you were walking in the swamp late winter and found crane’s feathers, you should to tie them around neck for three days and eat cranberries only - then you were given good singing voice.
And when crane sings - like in this painting - it stretches neck to the sky. According to one tale it is watching out for snakes; when couple of cranes were dancing, the one ate cranberries and a snake went inside the bird. The one who was still singing kept alive.
Watercolours, acrylics and pen