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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A family of japanese cranes in a ferocious snow storm in Hokkaido, Japan.

I traveled to Hokkaido (from Switzerland) in order to observe and photograph this bird of legends. The heavy snow storm hit the island the very first night I arrived. East Hokkaido was heavily hit, roads closed and trains stopped. Photographing in the storm I tried to capture the swirls around the elegant forms of a family group that was standing, together in the middle of the storm.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Japan
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Copyright: © Dora Zarzavatsaki