Monday, February 16, 2009

Geese and.../ My World

Family Day in Ontario

Today is "Family Day" in Ontario, a fairly new holiday our government initiated to help break up the winter doldrums. And as you can see a family of Canada geese is celebrating, swiming this creek even though there's still ice and snow. (See the sheets of ice in the shrubs and snow on the far shore.)

But wait. Someone else is celebrating too. It's...
a swan! So Mom and Pop Goose climbed up on some ice to greet their visitor.

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42 comments:

Carver said...

Great take on family day. The swan was unexpected and added to the shot of the geese.

nadia said...

Looks like all of them are having an interesting family day:) Beautiful pictures. Great job!

WillThink4Wine said...

I'd be very surprised if a swan were to visit me! But guess what! My geese returned this morning!

Celeste said...

Lovely little female Goldeneye in the first picture too. Great images.

antigoni said...

Absolutely fantastic. The swan, the geese, the snow, the photos...
Everything is perfect.

Sylvia K said...

Great shot! I bet the swan was a big surprise! Really lovely photos! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

Esther Garvi said...

Lovely creatures! Soothing landscape as well... Warm greetings from Africa,
Esther

SandyCarlson said...

They are up your way and in Georgia! Spring is coming

Ivar Ivrig said...

Beautiful birds. I saw about 20 swans together today. An amazing view.

Susan said...

We went to the park today and watched the ducks on the water; I'm enjoying your photos even more from the comfort of a warm sofa! Your photos are beautiful and I love your commentary too.

Maria said...

Hahaha, Astroelmaria... isn't it Astromedia?
Thanks for your nice visit!
Maria :)))

Mojo said...

I'm surprised that creek's not still frozen all the way across. Actually I'm a little surprised that the geese are back so soon too. (Or did they never leave? And if they didn't, how come all their relatives are hanging around down here?)

Cool stuff... wildlife's always good copy!

Janie said...

How fun to share your world today. Geese make a good family depiction. Beautiful photos

PERBS said...

What a great catch and photo for yoru new holiday! I like the idea. . . I love seeing the snow and even the river's ice. Ours is all gone and the last snowstorm we were scheduled to ahve went south to California!

Wren said...

Our geese are just coming back now, too. Fun to see the swan, even if the geese are giving him/her a bit of a cold shoulder.

Titania said...

Great celebration for "ALL" the families. Beautiful pictures.

George said...

It looks like Family Day is a big success, at least on the lake. Wonderful pictures.

susieofarabia said...

I love these photos. I can only imagine how COLD that water is! But the geese and the swan don't seem to mind at all. Great shots for MyWorld!

Gaelyn said...

Nice captures. Is this a sign of spring?

ChrisC and JonJ said...

All I can think of is,"Wow!" when I saw those pictures of those swans/geese.What is the plural of swan anyways?

Reader Wil said...

Your geese are much better to be seen than mine. The photos are great. You asked if there is a law that Aboriginal country cannot be seen without an Aboriginal guide. No, there is not such a law, but out of respect people ask permission if they see an Aboriginal person, if not they just go and try to be careful and respect nature.

John said...

Great shots!
Thanks for sharing :)

FickleMinded said...

We celebrate our first Family Day by eating out at our fav chinese restaurant. There's no such thing as "Family day" in US, my husband's home country, or even in my home country, Phils., I'm glad that "we" have it here in Canada. :)

fishing guy said...

EG: Neat photos of the geese. It looked like a cute little duck was in the first shot.

starnitesky said...

I hope you enjoy your family day, grat picture of a lovely family.

marites said...

beautiful! I can imagine the relief the geese and the swan felt being able to get out and feel a little bit of the sun.

Swarna said...

That was good. HAppy family day to all - geese, swans and you!

Manz said...

Wonderful photographs. I love the colours in them - is that natural? Or have you done something on the computer?

I think it's natural... but I'd love to know for sure ;)

Becky and Gary said...

I like this holiday. I wish we had something like that down here. Love the geese shots, and I've been looking for swans here, but everything is frozen still.
B.

mountain.mama said...

Really great pictures of the geese and swan visitor.

Ann said...

You reminded me of Christmas 1975. My room mate invited me home to Kingsville for Christmas. Her dad took me to see the Canadian geese. There were so many of them.

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2008/12/duckling-vege.html

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2008/11/western-springs-auckland.html

here in Auckland, our weather is very mild. We have a park Western Springs where the geese are resident on the lake. My favourite place and reminds me of Canada.

Regina Marie said...

So lovely!

Small City Scenes said...

Your world is a very beautiful world. Love the Family Day idea. MB

allhorsestuff said...

That is a lovley sight for a new holiday...does break the doldrums, aye!
KK

gnometree said...

What a great idea. Hope the birdies don't get cold toes!

BJ Roan said...

Both are great shots, but especially liked seeing the white swan.

soulbrush said...

their shades are so unusual so wintery looking. happt mwt.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Looks like a wonderful area for nature, great piccies

Rose said...

In the bottom one, it looks like they are walking on water...

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great set of photos of the ducks and the swan. Nice the government added a family day, wish ours would.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Very nice! That frozen ice in the bushes is really something else. I'm so glad you shared these.

mannanan said...

Ahhh familiar Canada geese which are plentiful in our harbour here in Ramsey.I just love visiting this site of yours with the fanatstic photography Thank you for sharing your world with us.

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