The Pond – Canada Geese

I mentioned I went to the Library pond on Sunday morning . . . Canada geese were also there.

Ducks, Geese, library pond,

Frankly, I was not too interested in them . . . except one of them kept honking. I knew what that meant; it meant it was calling for some friends to drop by.

And drop by they did, coming in fast and low, and under my radar until they were pretty close.

It was all I could do to raise the camera and snap away.

It was all I could do to raise the camera and snap away.

Alas, I chose my spot poorly . . . their landing would occur behind a shrub.

Alas, I chose my spot poorly . . . their landing would occur behind a shrub.

I got a decent shot before they touched down, but still not that great.

I got a decent shot before they touched down, but still not that great.

Edited to Add: I’m adding the additional shot I have of this sequence. The above sequence makes it appear as if they would be landing while banking. They actually straightened out just before touching down (which I missed both because my buffer filled up, and because it was behind more twigs from a bush in front of me).

Added after publication, and showing the final approach to the landing, after they leveled out.

Added after publication, and showing the final approach to the landing, after they leveled out.

I was not a happy camper, but little did I know I would be even less of a happy camper in a few minutes.

You see, that one goose was still honking . . . more were on the way. I moved to get a better shot at the landing zone, and that’s when they came in, again low and fast.

I brought the camera up quickly, but this time I had a bit of trouble hitting the focus . . . the shots I got looked great in the viewfinder, but all were either slightly blurred, or just plain out of focus. Crap, and double crap!

I did not want to waste them, so I hit on the following idea; I would take the shots, and run them through the Simplify plugin (Topaz). Do ’em up all artsy-like, as if that was my intention to begin with.

I give you . . . Artsy Landing!

Ducks, Geese, library pond,

Ducks, Geese, library pond,

Ducks, Geese, library pond,

Ducks, Geese, library pond,

OK, not quite picture perfect, but I did not want to junk these photos. I don’t have others of Canada Geese landing, so until I can get me more I will have to be happy with these . . . and so will you.

There is a SmugMug Gallery for these, but half are the pseudo paintings. Still, if that’s what you want to see at full resolution, click HERE..

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15 Responses to The Pond – Canada Geese

  1. mvschulze says:

    Image #4, I’m surprised the nearer goose didn’t do a cartwheel when his right wing hit the water. THAT would have been a photograph! And the landing shots are good. I’ve occasionally seen geese coming in like to a small airport, first the downwind leg, then the base leg, and lining up for the final approach, – gently losing altitude to a perfect landing…

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    • disperser says:

      I really thought I had captured a great sequence (even though my buffer gave out before it folded its wings), only to discover none of the photos were even close to sharp.

      Oh well . . . as for the wing, at that point there were still banking, and not that near the water (the wing overlaps a duck already in the water). They leveled out before landing (I’m adding a shot I had left out because of the poor quality).

      That said, I don’t know about the cartwheel thing . . . if the whole wing had dipped, maybe, but unlike an airplane, the tip feathers would just flex, and unless they went in a whole lot, the drag would be minimal.

      On the other hand, I’m not a goose or flying expert. The other landing also shows the wing nearly touching the water, much closer than the ones banking.

      . . . it’s nice to contemplate a goose purposefully tracing a faint line on the surface of the water, just for the fun of it.

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  2. I like to leave a comment rather than just hitting the like button, but I always tend to say the same thing – your photos are beautiful and amazing! I would love to be as talented behind the lens as you are. The colors reflected in the water in the first photo and the last few are gorgeous.

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    • disperser says:

      There is a lodge on the other side of the pond, and those are the reflection from the yellow and orange walls.

      As for talent behind the lens, thanks for the compliment. I suggest the alternative to lavishing praise on me is to just say you like them, or even which you like the best, and leave it at that.

      There need be no other reason . . . I like salami and cheese sandwiches, but trying to explain why just gets in the way of enjoying them.

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      • Ok, but I see a lot of photos around WordPress. My enjoyment and surprise meter goes up at your blog. I won’t say it again, but you have crazy mad talent and an eye for such things.

        Salami? I have a hard time explaining the why and the enjoyment of microwaved salami and green peppers on pita bread spread with cream cheese. But it’s so good. :-)

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        • disperser says:

          WHAT!?! Microwaved salami? Pita bread!? CREAM cheese?

          BLASPHEMY! . . . . here’s what you do (or should do) . . . Get a French baguette (it should be Italian bread, but here what they call Italian bread is either to mushy, or they overcook the crust so that it shatters).

          Go to Costco and get a nice chunk of Pecorino cheese. Slice about a 6-8″ section of the bread, then cut it in half. Put a 1/8″ slice of the Pecorino covering the whole face of the bread half.

          Get yourself some nice salami, the small diameter kind with lots of texture and a hard covering. Slice about 8 slices, each between 1/16-1/8″ inch thick, and lay them in an overlapping ziz-zag pattern along the length of the cheese (they should overlap the sides, front, and back of the sandwich by about a quarter inch once the second half of the bread is put on).

          Next, cut another 1/8″ slice of Pecorino, and cover the salami. Then put the other half of the bread on top.

          No microwave; it breaks down the fat in the salami, changing the taste. If you want to heat it up, invest in a panini press (or just use an old iron you don’t like any more).

          Eat. Repeat the process. Eat the second one as well. Repeat the process, wrap in cellophane, and leave sit out . . . wait a half hour, then eat.

          Note: for expedience one is allowed to make all three at once.

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        • LOL!! Will do! Everyone here loves salami, so I will give it a try. :-)

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  3. colonialist says:

    You certainly did a good rescue mission on them. They work extremely well.

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  4. That last picture is not technically your best shot but I can just imagine the braking as you have caught the wake. Ducks landing always make me smile. Amelia

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you. I’m still hoping to catch a better sequence (meaning the photo itself – the landings, as you say, are already something to smile about).

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  5. AnnMarie says:

    That lodge on the other side of the pond makes for the perfect reflections on the water and adds glorious colors to your shots. These are beautiful action shots and they could not get any better than artsy-like!

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