Be a goose!

On my drive yesterday, I stopped at a local access point to the Little Miami River.  I took a walk along side her and captured winter scenes.  I saw some geese enjoying themselves in the water. The Canada geese have a bad reputation in these parts.  They seem to be a bit cranky, are always in the way and leave green poo bombs everywhere.  But let’s forget about their seemingly annoying habits and imagine that we are a gaggle of geese who have just arrived from Ontario for a quick break before heading south.  What would we see?  Does the cold water feel refreshing or is it a bit nippy for us?  Does the Little Miami serve good food?  And what of the scenery? Take a walk with me and for a moment be a goose.

Visit my store.

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Imagine

That you are a goose.

Welcome to the gaggle.

How does it feel?

Now enjoy the scenery.

108 responses to “Be a goose!

  1. Seth,
    I always enjoy your use of depth of field. and as far a as the Goose bombs, have you ever been to a Canadian Provincial Park along the shore of the Great Lakes? Of course this is their protected national bird. The parks are great for hiking and walking…. if you have your boots on, that is…

  2. I love it! We have tons of Canadian Geese here in VA, and they never seem to leave. (Would that, technically, make them “Virginia Geese”? Hmmm.) They do get a bad rap, somewhat deserved, as they are cranky, etc, as you pointed out. Even so, I find I really love them. Underneath the crankiness, there’s something so personable, endearing, and amusing about them. Thanks for showing us life as a goose!

  3. Oh, and if I may insert a correction without being rude, they are Canada Geese. The term Canadian Geese is incorrect. There is no animal as a Canadian goose. Rather it is a Canada Goose. But almost everyone in the USA says Canadian…

  4. A little biology from my former life…waterfowl have a neat heat exchange system in their legs, whereby the arteries carrying warm blood from their bodies lie next to veins carrying cold blood from their extremities, which is why ducks, geese and swans are able to function in that icy water of yours. Cool fact! Okay…enough lecturing for today 🙂

  5. I LOVE the 4th from the bottom. Can seen the moss covered tree stump even with the snow. The uneven earth and a peek of the water in the background. Such a lovely picture, so crisp and clean too!

    Also love the sign, no camping, not hunting. Great find.

    Of course i love the GEESE! I’ve loved them since i was young and see the move “Fly Away Home” with the pre teen girl who moves to the country to live with her father and they find and raise a nest of geese.

    Great post!

  6. We have a nearby nature reserve that is home to a large colony of Canada Geese during the summer. The flock fly overhead morning and night to travel to their feeding grounds, and a drive along the road at lunchtime will give a few of the sentinels and their charges. I wonder if these are the same ones….? Who knows.

  7. Seth, I always enjoy your pictures and captions, I am transported to a place so different than where I live. But through your pictures I feel I’m there, just for the moment. Unlike many, I love snow geese and wait for them to arrive. We always seem to live on golf courses, (even though I don’t golf) and I love it when the Snow Geese arrive here to ride out the winter. Thanks again Seth for the walk with the geese, hey, and I didn’t even get goosed! hehe, sorry bad joke (=

    each year for them to arrive

  8. wonderful shots…I lived lake side for twenty years and every year around the end of August, beginning of September, the geese would gather right in front of my house on a sand bar that inevitably appeared…they would hang out on this sand bar, daily, for up to a month or so then be gone…who knows where, not south at that point I don’t think…I wasn’t taking a great deal of photos at the time so I missed some amazing shots…but it was interesting to watch the geese for that time period. Having said that they can be messy fellows, I was lucky the sand bar was out about 60 feet or so in the lake… :~)
    Cheers

  9. I always miss our graceful Canada geese when they leave…often it happens right before the first big snow that’s here to stay. This year, like clockwork, they took a nightflight in late November cold as I was putting up the Christmas lights. Come back soon, Canada geese. And thank you for bringing Spring with you…

  10. Seth: I love Canada Geese! When I was a boy..65 years ago, we did flocks in Central Illinois..over the years, they began to move in, started nesting, raising young, and are now here all year long.

  11. Wheeeeeeeee ..am I late ? Guess not. How are you old buddy? Look as handsome as last season.Lets take a look around. The no hunting signage always add to the freedom, still a bit of snow but its good to be back..at Miami River

  12. I guess the geese are stopping by because they can read the NO HUNTING sign. We get Canada Geese in our city in New Zealand. I like them and I love watching them gliding along the river.
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  13. Hi Seth,
    I am feeling warm in the thick feathers of a goose. I am also happy to have my friends and to just chill on the lake. No hunting! Pure paradise!!
    Thanks for the morph session. I enjoyed the calm and the fun 🙂

  14. The geese are lovely. We saw a small flock of maned geese (Australian wood ducks) at Gisborne in North Victoria this week and they are so interesting to watch. Unfortunately couldn’t get good photos but they are very pretty birds with spotted breast feathers and dark stripes down their wings.

  15. love these pics of beautiful geese. Having grown up not too far from the Miami River in Miami we were besieged with Muskcovy ducks, perhaps the most unattractive duck that can be found anywhere. Still we fed them bread crumbs…anyway, love these pics, you do fine work.

  16. I have always found winter time beautiful. I lived in L.A. for a while, but enjoy living in Vancouver where we get different seasons, but it never gets too cold to get outside and enjoy them.

  17. Canada Geese are HORRIBLE ambassadors for Canada – I would think that if one were to base the attitudes of Canadians on the attitudes of these geese, no one would like us! When I lived in England for a stint we had a few at my university there and they were just as cantankerous. Couldn’t even get close to them! Your photos of them are great – maybe you used a zoom lens? =)

  18. hello sethsnap its dennis the vizsla dog hay dada sez that reeminds him of winter wawks along the river bak in the mithikal land of noo york!!! i hav never seen a winter myself mind yoo so i wil tayk his wurd for it!!! ok bye

  19. Great shots, as always, but I think the snow is a definite advantage… though I’m not sure I could brave the cold for pictures… but these are lovely. 😀

  20. We found a protected grassy area near a piece of Lake Ontario that had been sectioned off for water filtration activity…Toronto…There was a gaggle of geese…What I noticed was that the grass was greener & more lush than any other grass I had ever seen…Most people’s lawns here are dustbowls & strawlike threads with dirt & despair…But the Canada geese (& I am guessing other geese), eat grass…Then they pooh out grass…But it looks like the grass they pooh out replenishes the spots in the lawn…Plus they keep it to a nice even length…You could save alot on grass tending if you got a gaggle…They are also teaching our Ontario restoration program Trumpeter swans (black bill), how to migrate to the States…Several have now made it to Bald Eagle lake in Pennsylvania…Please don’t shoot them, they are semi-domestic semi-wild, raised by volunteers…We need them to be able to migrate South for the winter, November to April, & then come home to us…They also need to be fed…Wild bird seed, Corn, use your imagination…Any pointing at them will scare them, including long lens cameras, so if you must record, a flat faced camera is a little more polite, though we do have a local photographer here who also volunteers at the TWC Toronto Wildlife centre who has been getting away with her giant lens cameras…But they know her…Our geese & swans can be hand fed & they like that…Their bills do no harm to your fingers even if they catch one, so feed away…They will lean into you if they like you…For the swans (The Trumpeters), wearing a white coat makes them feel happy…The geese, of course, goose colours…The trumpeter will trumpet after eating…It is a true concert, that you can record (audio) with the video feature of your camera…Wag your butt to say hello, lift up one foot & hold it to say goodbye, flapping your arms/wings means you have food for them…This language is good for many different kinds of waterbirds, including the Mute swans from England who have the yellow beaks…You are all welcome to build artificial nests for visiting waterbirds…Reeds can be hard to find, so even giving them some stuff to work with is helpful…If they choose to stay rather than flying home to us that is ok too…But tell them to write…

    • Great information. They are protected here in the states as well, I believe. At my work they build their nests in the grass and are naturally very protective and will run at you if you get too close. I hope I didn’t scare them with my camera bit I was pretty far away. Hey you might know about this: Point Pelee national park in Ontario. It’s about 4-5 hours from here and We are thinking about visiting there on a day trip. Any advice?

  21. We here in Denver get inundated with Canadian Geese and green poo bombs every year. I don’t mind their arrival. In fact, I rather enjoy the sound of the flocks flying overhead, crying to each other, talking their goose language. Sometimes, late in the evening, when I take the dogs out, there will be a few solitary geese, crying, flying over head. It’s a sad sound….

  22. Your photos are looking crisper & cleaner than ever. So bright & beautiful. I had an encounter with those Canadian geese in October. Normally, they can be kind of aggressive & mean but these were sweet and kind. Maybe it was the apple chips we were feeding them. 😛

  23. *insert goose sounds* “Fellow geese! Let us grace the world (human that’s following us) with our mold coloured s**t! He wants to be one of us? Well, too bad, because he’s not in this uber freezing water with us!” “Ignore the human! Ignore the human!”

    Lol, sorry for the crude(?)-ish language, I wanted to make it rude(ish???).. 😛 Btw, did you think I was dead yet?? (I might as well be, it’s really hot here) It’s been a while I think since I last commented… And I love these photos, especially the middle to last ones. I don’t think I envy the cold weather there, though.. I’m more used to the hot weather. 😐

    • Yes I was wondering where you were. Glad to see you are still alive and surviving the heat wave down there. We are about to have a heat wave up here in winter. This week we are going to have 60’s. (Not sure what that is in C). But that is March weather. Crazy.

      • Yup! I felt more guilty the longer I waited. And at last, here I am. ^^a
        It’s actually not that bad.. At least where I live. In Tasmania it’s all fire.. =”””=’
        Yea, I heard about it in the news.. Wow, a heat wave in winter?? (I have no idea either) Here too, now it’s cold/cool-ish.

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