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It Started so innocently

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 18 February 2013 in Animal & Insect.

In my quest to get some decent shots of Snowgeese, Barbara and I braved 30 mph wind gusts (with a chill factor of 12 Degrees F.) as we ventured out to good old Merrill Creek Reservoir, which lies on a "mountaintop" just cross the Delaware River in New Jersey. Merrill Creek has long been a "treasure trove" of beautiful scenery and that "close-to-nature" sensation that we all strive for sometimes.

We hiked through the snow on trails only recently reopened after clearing of hundreds of trees devastated by winds during the recent Hurricane Sandy. I felt certain that the Snowgeese, as they do every winter, would be using Merrill Creek as a "major hangout." Sure enough, as we reached the clearing for the trail/ service road that crosses one of the dikes, there we saw - and heard - the caucaphony of high pitched "honks" emanating from those beautiful snowgeese! Those gorgeous waterfowl who fly so high and take such great care to avoid close contact with humans.

There they were in the middle of the lake looking like a massive ice floe just floating there. They were moving in unison like a giant boat, being pushed by the winds, which caused us to never get much closer to them even as we walked in their direction. It was so blasted cold and feircly windy that we were really glad we prepared for it. Still, it was freezing. Only a few others were out there braving the cold and the winds.

I knew that it would be only a matter of time before these thousands upon thousands of white geese, with their distinctive black-tipped wings, would - on the spur of the moment - take off in song and furious flutter all at once- like a symphonic orchestra waiting for the conductor to drop the baton.

But that vision comes tomorrow....Here in today's feature, is the prelude to that symphony - all at peace, waiting for the baton to fall..Thousands and thousands of those beautiful snowgeese visiting from the arctic. Here, they all prepare to start so innocently.

Stay tuned for the "downbeat" tomorrow.

Note from Denny -----
Thanks so very much to all of you for your extreme kindness - I am sincerely sorry that I have not had much chance to communicate with many of you, but I want you to know that I visit as many as I can and read all of your wonderful comments. Hopefully I can get a little more time soon . All the best and I hope you can tune in tomorrow for more geese :-)

OLYMPUS E-510 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 100 89 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

1/250 second
ISO 100
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