The Quality of Cranes

Another beautiful line from Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac:

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins as in art with the pretty. It expands through successive stages – to the beautiful, to the valuable, to that yet uncaptured by language. The quality of cranes lies, I think, in this higher gamut, as yet beyond the reach of words.”

– Aldo Leopold, Marshland Elegy, Sand County Almanac (1937)

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