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Snow Geese - Scribblers in the Sky

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 31 January 2013 in Animal & Insect.

Well, after my post of Tuesday (which I I inadvertently allowed to "run" for an additional day on Wednesday), certain people were ready to have me sent to the nearest psychiatrist. Consequently, I figured, today, I would be best served posting something juuuust a bit more mundane. So here they are - Snow Geese!

To me, it is fairly easy to distinguish airborne Snow Geese from airborne Canada Geese. Canada Geese (or, as some folks call them "Canadian Geese") are larger and somewhat multi-coloured...and they fly in small, impeccable formations, that is, Classic 'V" shape formations .....and the other distinguishing factor about Canada Geese is that you do NOT want to be walking where they have been.

Conversely, Snow geese are smaller, they are white, except for black on the tips on their wings. And the most telling factor, to me, is the fact that they fly in absolutely MASSIVE flocks...seemingly thousands per group. And their "formations" are much less organized (to say the least) as they fly across the sky, their "formations" looking more like scribble marks on a chalkboard.

But either way, I absolutely LOVE to watch and hear geese as they fly overhead. The raucous honking, squeaking, and all the other joyful noises that they make - I just love it.

Barbara and I observed these wonderful Snowgeese flying high above us as we enjoyed a cold day's walk last week. I hope you like this.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 400 41 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510
1/250 second
F/8.0
ISO 400
41 mm

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