At the time of the crane migration, up to 20,000 cranes had already been counted as overnight stays in the Tister Moor in Lower Saxony, Germany. One evening before sunset I drove to the moor, but I wasn’t alone by far. The parking lot was nearly overcrowded and I only got a free parking place at the outermost end. A hiking trail leads over 1.5 km to two observation towers on the moor landscape. I had climbed the higher tower and had found at first only in the second row a place to the view. Later the tower should have been filled up into the sixth row with crane observers.
But I could make this picture when only 4 persons were still on the tower and I had free view in direction west. I love these light moods, when the purple sky color is reflected on the ground, as here on the flooded moorland. I had something comparable in Hamburg once, when I had photographed the Dockland after a rain shower.