Thursday, November 20, 2008

Geese over Pond/ Sky Watch

Tuesday morning was cool but peaceful at the pond. Then overhead...we heard Canada geese flying southward below the clouds. What a racket they were making!

They circled over the southern end of the pond, glided in to a few inches above the water and then...

plopped in.

The geese didn't appear to worry about the temperature, which was low enough for snow to stick to the trees but not so frigid that ice formed on the water. (My feet are feeling chilly as I think about the geese paddling around,)

Perhaps these fowl plan to winter here (a few do). Or maybe the pond was just a stopover, a brief morning bathing area before heading to "balmy" Lake Ontario. Brrrr.

To join in the Sky Watch fun, which features skies from all around the globe, visit the Sky Watch blog at http://skyley.blogspot.com

AND before you go...
Thank you ever so much, MaryT (theTeach), for this wonderful award. It's great to be your buddy! I LOVE visiting your blog because I never know what I'm going to find there: a beautiful photo, a few wise words or something downright hilarious. You are a many faceted blogger, a true gem!

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65 comments:

see you there! said...

Beautiful sky full of geese. Recently we have been treated to the sound of geese honking as they fly by. I don't know where/if they land locally.

Darla

Jan said...

These are great photos. Those geese cheat, you know. They carry their own goose down!

Dianne said...

I LOVE the noise they make!! Something so joyful about it

Both scenes are wonderful, the second one is my fave. the dusting of snow and the big guys taking a dip ;)

Benjamin Madison said...

Lovely pair of photos that perfectly capture the feeling of early winter.

Dewdrop said...

At least I once again, kept from blaming y'all for all my coldness! Love the photographs with the geese! Terrific captures! We have the wimpier geese down my way. lol!

Gmj said...

You have a hardy lot of fowl there. Our CG just wander around in public grassy areas, parks and fields eating and distributing the by product. Can you belive I am being so couth? I don't know what has comeoverme. :D

Bradley Myers said...

Beautiful sky watch photos, but then you already know I like the outdoors and wildlife. The snow on the trees completes the images, but I am in no hurry for snow here.

Photo Cache said...

Wonderful photos. I like the minimal coloration of the first one. I love to hear the noise they make.

mirage2g said...

The geese are a beautiful addition and the water does look cold! Happy skywatching!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wonderful photos! I am very enchanted with such beauty!

Small City Scenes said...

You pictures are so beautiful. May I use them for my computer background?. I love watching the birds. We don't get too many Canada Geese here in the Valley although Seattle has year-round residents that live in the parks. MB

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Indeed you may, MB. Glad you like the Canada geese.

Namnet said...

So interesting and beautiful set of photos. Gorgeous captures!
By the way, they make me cold just looking at them:-)
Happy sky and bird watching:-)

Reluctantfarmchik said...

Wow - these are gorgeous photos. I love the sound they make - just for a while. Then I'm good with them flying on!

Sara G said...

Beautiful photo's.
Looks COLD!!!
It is snowing here now, light accumulations expected....I guess winter is going to arrive.
Take care and thanks for sharing your pics with us.

Jim said...

Very pretty Ms. T.Guide. I think those geese were catching a little rest on the way to our house for the winter (Texas).
Happy SkyWatching.
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WillThink4Wine said...

How marvelous! Except for the cold part! I wonder if any of the geese were 'my geese'. They come every spring and migrate in the fall to who knows where! I sure miss them when they're gone!

babooshka said...

Or even making there way here. Lvely natural shots.

Tanya said...

Beautiful scenes EG. I too wonder how the geese/ducks can swim in cold lakes without freezing! I'm happy I'm not a water fowl :D
Happy skywatch!

Quiet Paths said...

Geese calling in the Fall; poetry to the ear. Your pictures poetry to the eyes!

fishing guy said...

EG: What a great shot of the geeese coming in and landing.

Your right, the camera is by my side most of the time.

Carver said...

Those are wonderful shots. I love the way you can see the snow in the trees and the geese in flight.

Deborah Godin said...

Geese and more geese - as you said, "great minds" - how could it be anything else!! These are really wonderful!

ilanadavita said...

Great shots, especially with the geese. have a great weekend.

bowledover said...

Lovely pictures I can even imagin the geese honking. Thanks for sharing.

Louise said...

I love geese, and your wintry shot of them is wonderful. It's making me shivver as I sit here looking, however!

Leora said...

The top one is so landscaperly (I know that's not a word, but if I use it enough...). Someday, maybe I'll return to it and paint it.

Congrats on award from Mary the Teach, a great honor!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Love your geese photos. My SWF geese were at a distance, so I'm enjoying seeing the closer views of yours and the pond/trees area. Love that dusting of snow.
Thanks for stopping by.

Anne-Berit said...

These are wonderful photos,It`s so beautiful with the snow on the trees,and the geese makes it all perfect!

Luiz Ramos said...

Great Nature shot.
Beautiful landscape and sky.

Shammickite said...

I see a sprinkling of snow on the trees.
It's pretty chilly here in Florida too, so I am acclimatising myself for the return to Ontario.
Those geese make such a racket when flying overhead!

ellen b said...

These are such lovely photos! What a treat to see!!

Pernille said...

Lovely sky-photos. The geese is so beautiful and I love the sound of them. The photos is perfect! Love it:)
Congratulatinon with the award! You deserved it:)

Denise said...

Lovely SWF photos, I adore Canada Geese, and love to see them flying overhead and honking. I always wonder where they are heading. Your captured some beautiful birds here, and the scenery is awesome.

Shinade said...

Wow Mary I just got my skywatch up. I am always late.

Wow you got a wonderful picture of the geese landing.

Everything is simply lovely and so peaceful.

I am in Oklahoma and the geese are arriving in droves for their winter visit.

My SWF is here.
http://shinade.blogspot.com/2008/11/skywatch-fridaythe-heavens-above.html


I do so hope you can visit it as well!

Thanks and happy SWF:-)

Larry said...

Great captures of those crazy Canucks diving into the freezing water. Just like a goose to o something like that when they see such a lovely pond!

Willard said...

A dramatic sky watch capture. You caught them at just the right moment!

Jeanne said...

First I was lucky duck getting that shot of them flying over the water. Then it's lucky goose I guess getting splash down. Wonderful!

Guy D said...

Visiting your site never disappoints. Well done

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Larry D said...

Beautiful photo, watching geese come in that slow motion plop is an excellent thing to see.

Jeannelle said...

Great scenes! Lovely etchings of snow on the trees. Yes, I always wonder how the waterbirds can tolerate the COLD water! Happy SkyWatching!

Yen said...

Beautiful photos! Love the 2nd one:)

Mine is, HERE. See yah!

Eds said...

Great shot! :)

Anna said...

Those geese do make quite a racket, don't they? They're fun to watch.

I'm kind of cold looking at the snow on the trees, too.

Becky and Gary said...

I always love shots with geese. Yours are just beautiful.The scenery is so inviting especially when we're almost snowbound!
Have a wonderful Friday.

Carletta said...

Beautiful! All the elements that make a wonderful winter image - the snow dusted trees, the geese, the cold looking pong - lovely!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

These photos are really wonderful!
This gets me excited because my family is going to Bosque del Apache Wildlife Preserve this weekend to celebrate the Festival of the Cranes.
There will be many bird species, but lots of geese, ducks and cranes, especially.

Happy Sky Watch Friday!
Lisa
New Mexico, USA

April said...

What a wonderful sight! Beautiful photos - the frost and snow look very pretty.

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos combining nature at play and our sky watch theme. Thanks for sharing with us all.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great shots of the geese, always amazes me that they don't seem to feel the temp.
Congrates on your well deserved award

Sandradb said...

Fantastic pictures, nature and sky look magical. Thank you for your visit and greetings from Croatia.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Neat photos.

BJ Roan said...

You're right, this is winter. It may be cold, but that sky is gorgeous.

Naturegirl said...

Brrrr...is the sound however your images of first snow beautiful and serene!
My SWF world is white now too..:
http://nature-trail.blogspot.com/

Catherine said...

Here, a wonderful sight of the beginning of winter! Watching them plopping in the pond makes me shiver.

RuneE said...

Nice to see them - they left here "ages" ago.

Rose said...

Check out my blog...I gave you an award!

I really am enjoying your scenes with the snow in them...even if it isn't much they still are beautiful!

The Good Life in Virginia said...

i love your shots and the geese are icing on the cake...
always enjoy stopping by and seeing your photos.
have a good weekend.

PJ said...

I'm always curious to know if the geese are as loud as everyone says they are. The scenery is absolutely beautiful.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Fantastic photos! Really GREAT!

Wren said...

Yes, they make me feel cold too when I think about swimming in that freezing water.

I always thought they went south earlier than this, but we're still seeing large flocks traveling through as well.

Mary said...

Oh what wonderful photos! Really beautiful! Have a happy weekend. :)

Cindy said...

A beautiful picture! We still have geese around here too. This afternoon on the bus we saw a really big flock of them getting ready to land on Silver Lake. Makes me wonder where they find shelter in the winter.
I took a look at your Sepia Scenes photo while I was here. That is too funny!
My skywatch post is here Hope you can stop by!

Kay said...

Defnitely a WoW photo! Totally gorgeous! It should be in a calendar! Have a great weekend.

Patricia said...

I love the geese, beautiful sky. You have a very nice photos!
Happy Skywatch!

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