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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Two Queens

The Grey Crowned Crane is considered a symbol of longevity and wealth in Rwanda. Coveted by wealthy people who want it as a pet, this species is a victim of its beauty. In the last 45 years its population has fallen by 80%. According to greek mythology, the flight of a crane inspired the god Hermes to invent the Greek alphabet. And in Taoism, this bird represents longevity and immortality.

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Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 09.2020
Copyright: © Pedro Jarque Krebs