Canada Geese

Omnipresent, adaptable to city and country life – Canada Geese.

Here, a group lines up along the shore of a large pond.

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Long, graceful necks, ever-watchful beady black eyes. White stripe fashionably painted across the cheek.

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Another large congregation in the grass nearby.

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Nervously chattering, they watch this human intrude into their peaceful world.

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I move slowly to avoid spooking them, to no avail.

First the chorus line along the water takes off, protesting noisily.

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After initial chaos, they organize themselves into a long fluttering line that rises above the trees, against the mountain,

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and, soon, silhouettes against the sky:

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As their harsh cries fade into the distant evening air, the second group begins to chatter and squawk. They start to run, wings flapping and flashing blue tips

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before taking off across the water:

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It takes a while before they fall into their famous V-formation. It looks effortless now, the awkwardness of gravity and chaos of liftoff forgotten and forgiven.

V-formation

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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36 Responses to Canada Geese

  1. Captured nature so perfectly.

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  4. Wonderful story! I love the photos!

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  5. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    I love Canada Geese. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have a nesting pair here in the summer. Sadly, no beaver, so the pond is gone. All the critters need beavers. I hope some come soon! I love how much geese talk about everything.

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  6. I love watching geese. Every once in a while they fly into a wildlife habitat near my house and there are thousands. I pinned a pic on Pinterest.

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  7. Wonderful photos and story Annette. Your joy shines through. Thanks!

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  8. Reminds me of one time when my boyfriend and I camped on a little island that had a little pond right in front of the campsites that turned out to be a coveted spot for overnighting for the geese. We entertained ourselves for a good hour making up dialogue as the first flock arrived (“Yay! We got the cool spot! Awesome! High fives everybody!”) and then later flocks swung by checking out the situation, honking questions and getting a clearly negative answer from the first guys there (“Hey, got can we…”, “NO! Go away, we got here first!”), and then the laggards honking at each other as they flew overhead at almost dark (“I TOLD you we needed to veer off of that mountain range we were following sooner, why don’t you ever listen to me!”). Quite silly but we enjoyed it.🙂

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  9. glendanp says:

    Thanks for sharing your photos and story. Beautiful

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  10. Dahlia says:

    Loved the photo story🙂

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  11. Our son was born in October…many years ago, and we made him a goose stick. The Native Americans used to keep track the years of their children’s lives by carving a notch in the goose stick every fall during their migration. I haven’t thought about our son’s goose stick for years, but your beautiful photos brought forth my sweet memory.

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  12. shoreacres says:

    One of the great treats of our winters on the Gulf coast is the arrival of the geese. Hearing their first calls (usually in November) is thrilling, and the sight of thousands and thousands descending on the rice fields and marshes is nearly unbelievable. The first osprey has arrived, so the season is turning. Next come the geese, and then the coots.

    I love seeing photos of our winter visitors in other contexts, and your photos are beautiful.

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  13. Donna King says:

    I think that because they are so common in our area, we tend to forget how beautiful they are. But every so often, I see a group, or a nesting pair with fluffy babies, and I am inspired all over again. Thanks for sharing the lovely pix and the observations.

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  15. beautiful, but they can be terrifying at times lol

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  16. Canadian Geese are so beautiful. I have been seeing them a lot lately. Love your pics! Xoxoxo.

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  17. Well, the last photo is amazing and in the second photo how did you manage side pose of the geese.

    Amazing work, good blurring of backgrounds done wherever needed and a great judgement of depth of field with no overexposure.

    Keep Clicking…

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