Tag Archives: Canada Geese

~Just Look~

Look up,

look down,

look around, 

and always,

look forward,

to tomorrow.

Howard and I had fun watching these Canada Geese while camped at Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Not long after the geese found a safe rousting spot and the sun dipped over the horizon, a full moon greeted us with its bright happy face to wish us sweet dreams.

Look Left
Look Left
Look Right
Look Right
Look Down
Look Down
Look Up
Look Up
Camped along Mobile Bay
Camped along Mobile Bay
Sunset over Mobile Bay
Sunset turning Mobile Bay aglow.

Until next time…..

Just Look!

Full Moon over Mobile Bay
Full Moon over Mobile Bay

 

 

 

~Oh no, over the falls!~

We are riding along on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and pull into a turnout. We get out of the car and walk down an embankment to view McDonald Falls. Howard and I are enjoying the magnificent scenery and I am taking a few photos.

I see movement out of the corner of my eye and glance in that direction.  On the other side of McDonald Creek is a family of Canada Geese coming out of the forest They seem in a big hurry and within seconds I realize why. Behind them, emerging from the forest, are two hikers.

Emerging from the forest is a Canada Goose Family
Emerging from the forest is a Canada Goose Family (look close and you will see all five)

 

The Canada Goose Family, two parents and three juveniles, are heading for the creek traversing over rocks toward their destination. I don’t believe they realize just how close they are to McDonald falls. They should have been more afraid of the falls than the hikers.

Heading toward the creek
Heading toward the creek

 

In the creek the father goes, followed by the rest of his family.

In the creek the father goes

The family follows
Notice how one parent is leading and the other parent follows. You will see this behavior over and over again

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All five make it into the creek
All five make it into the creek. Notice again how they line up.

 

I think at this point they realize their mistake! They are trying to swim upstream, the current is swift, they are not doing well. They try to climb up on some boulders to get out of the creek, the boulders are slick and they keep sliding backward. They flap their wings trying to lift out of the fast flowing water, it doesn’t help. They are getting soaked.

 

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Slipping on the rocks
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Look at their face, a look of pure determination.

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Finally, they get a foot hold and four of the five make it up out of the water.

The others have made it out of the creek

One of the young is having trouble, the current is too swift and over the falls it goes. It tries to climb up on a boulder in the pool in which it  landed. The boulder is too wet and too high. 

Having trouble swimming against the current
Having trouble swimming against the current
Over it goes
Over it goes

 

I was watching its face, it was like it just decided this wasn’t working and resolved to float out of the pool and further down stream. It turned and went over another small fall.

Lands in a pool

 

It floated several feet before it got a foot hold and was able to climb up and out. I was not able to see where it climbed out.

At this point it was on a slope of solid rock and was able to make its way toward its family. As it waddled toward them it was fussing the entire time. 

 

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Floats down the creek and manages to climb out
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Trying to make it way back to its family
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Fussing as it goes

 

Once the family was united they hurried back toward the woods.

Parent and one of the young watching
Parent and one of the young watching
Off they go back into the forest - all five of them!!
Off they go back into the forest – all five of them!! Notice the poor, over the falls, guy. Looks like he is still fussing.

 

So glad this episode ended well.

Howard and I were not the only ones watching this drama play out. About 15 other tourists were there to view the falls. Everyone was yelling, including me: “swim, fly, you can make it, get out, oh no, its going over, yeah it made it”

And, everyone was clapping when it got out of the creek and waddled its way up the slope of rocks to its family! The hikers, dang them, were sitting on a boulder watching along with everyone else.

 

 

 

Poetry:~Fall is in the air~

autumn harmonies 

resonance comes from a far

musical rhythms

 

classic “V” in view

unfurled across the sky

geese fly in formation

 

brave leader singing

honk-a-lonk notes

signaling fall migration

                              By Sheila: August 24, 2013

While having coffee yesterday morning, on the deck, Howard and I could hear Canada Geese honking. Two flocks flew directly over head, bringing signs of fall with them. I can’t believe I don’t have an image of a Canada Goose. Note to self  – take one!

Fall
~Fall~
(photo taken in Rocky Mountain National Park 09/2012)