Day Two of Spring 2010
The only TV show I watched today was a March 16th episode of Jon Stewart. His humor and wit help me feel grounded. He takes on the issues that drive me nuts like in the 3/16/10 show. He did a bit on the whole fraudulent financial crisis. It was so funny. He confirms everything I've been feeling about how crazy and ridiculously unjust things really are.
I'm politically aligned with Stewart, so I'm sure I find his brand of humor funnier than the other wing in our country does. I'm still frustrated that the Wall Street crooks aren't behind bars, but it seems white collar corruption has a bipartisan stay out of jail free card in this country for the most part. I won't go into that right now though... I would rather blog about happy, simple, nature stuff!
The rest of my day has been spent working on this website with one outing to my favorite park. Below are my most recent pics.
It snowed nearly a foot the day after I saw this turtle last week. He was back at the same spot today sunning on the same rock. I look forward to getting to know him and seeing more of his buddies. I love his 'smile'!
Here's my brown goose featured in many of my photos. My favorite of him is the one entitled On Being Different. He is usually alone or set apart from the group. He seems to enjoy my attention. He floated back and forth for me to photograph and then came ashore.
Yesterday, the first day of spring, I saw two geese pulling up roots like these (in the pic) to eat. I've never seen them do that before. Now I know what all those holes in the mud are from! I love learning new things and especially new things about birds and animals.
I saw this cute little bird yesterday, but I didn't know what kind it was until a friend emailed with an ID. Thanks Ron! I sure love spring time!
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This is the same bird I photographed the other day that was injured. It’s only my second time to see him but the strangest, yet coolest thing happened. He came out of the water to the shore near me and walked right up to me. All the other geese always move away from me when I approach. I’ve never had a goose come to me! I don’t know if it’s because he is injured or not. But he came so close (several inches away from me) that I couldn’t even take pictures of him because I only had my telephoto lens! I just gently talked to him.
He wandered away a little and then I called him back to me twice. It was so delightful. Another goose came to the shore and was comfortable being close to me, but he didn’t walk up to me like this fellow did.
I took this pic after he walked back to the water… Notice the little black feathers amidst the white just below his beak. It’s a very distinct marking...
You can see the dock behind me, and I'm beneath the sun with my camera taking this picture!
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Found a great place to get some exercise and bird watch yesterday. I watched one goose intentionally dive under the water and flip over on his back to wash! He did it twice and floated for a moment on his back! Some of the ducks had florescent colors. I loved it. The beauty in nature is awe inspiring ... I never cease to be impressed.
Fun With Black & White
I'm still having fun capturing images of the geese at a nearby park. (High resolution images are available on my online gallery. I only upload low resolution on this website to protect the image from being freely copied.)
I just love their dirt and grass covered beaks! I didn't know Geese are monogamous. They live in permanent pairs throughout the year. I also didn't know they are related to the swan and duck though I don't find that surprising. If a group of geese are on the ground they're called a gaggle.
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