Happy Geese

So I basically took a week off of media.  I did continue to take pics, but tried my best to swear off the computer (non-working hours); social media and TV.  I was not 100% successful – but made a good faith efforts.  So I’m basically getting caught up on 8 days of posts.  There is an abundance of bird photos – I do seriously need to get out more!  I do not yet have it scheduled but I have purchased a balloon ride, so hopefully I’ll come out with some good photos from that.  But where I left off was with an unhappy goose story, so I ran into these two when out to get breakfast – nice to see a happy couple.  I just really liked the way his (I’m guessing – I didn’t ask if I could check – and if I could check I wouldn’t know what I was looking for on a goose??) neck was curved

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Widowed Goose

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Warning, not a happy post.  So I have been passing this goose for about 4 days now.  The 1st time I passed I noticed a freshly dead goose on the side of the road and his/her mate standing there with him.  In this blog I’m going with it being a him.  I thought – how sad.  The next day I saw the goose still standing there.  on the third day I saw an animal control vehicle and thought – they must be here to remove the deceased goose.

Well today I drove by again and the dead goose and his mate were still there.  After I came home I thought to myself, if I want to expand my photography I can’t just take happy bird and flower pictures.  This scene had touched me each day that I passed to the point where I had to google whether or not Canadian geese mate for life.  The answer to that is, most often, yes.  While in some instances they may rejoin their flock or find another partner, that is not the likely scenario.

So as I was headed back to grab a photo, I said a little prayer to help the partner move on and at least rejoin their flock.  When I got back to the site I saw the mate crossing the road and thought – yeah – she’s moving on or at least going to rejoin the flock.  As I took her picture, I realized she wasn’t really leaving.  When she notice another bird getting close to her mate, she started making her way back to him.

After re-crossing the road she took up her stance by his side again.  I was in tears on the way home because I have no idea how long she will stand by someone that is never coming back.  The remaining photos are posted in gallery format to get the sequence correct.

alien fungi

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I was very hard pressed to post a picture of a tree 🙂 – but couldn’t just give you another bird pic.  However, I did get a really nice cardinal pic – so bonus pic day!  I have a crab apple that was hit by lightening about a year ago (she’s coming down soon) so she has some interesting things going on (I also have a tree with pine beetle eggs but have decided not to show that one – fungi grosses me out less!

 

A tree grows

I’m not overly fond of working in a large city … but occasionally nature just jumps out at you.   These trees were laden with flowers.  I’ve not yet become an intrepid photographer – on my way up 75 yesterday there was a grove of multi-colored trees and I just didn’t have the guts to try and pull over to take a pic, I absolutely have murphy’s luck when it comes to doing anything that isn’t strictly obeying the rules, I know I would get a ticket – maybe some day 🙂

In the interim I am learning how to take quick photos out of a truck window (only when stopped – no distracted driving for me!)

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