Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature…Shall we gather at the river?

Posted: January 2, 2017 in Phoneography Challenge
Tags: , , , , ,

After a several week cyber hiatus, Sally and her mobile photography challenge are back for another round in 2017.  Sally, I hope you had a wonderful and refreshing time.  Perhaps one day I’ll summon the fortitude to do the same.  🙂

Today we’re back to nature as our theme.  Supposedly geese fly south in the winter, away from the chilly northern Illinois temperatures.  But each year there are plenty of them left well into winter.  As you can see from my photo, they gather on the river en masse, honking and readying themselves for take off, although where they’re actually going is anyone’s guess. It reminds me of an avian airport with one runway.  After sufficiently getting their engines going, a small flock takes off, amid much racket.  When the proper interval has passed, then next group does the same.  However, despite all the takeoffs and the time of year, the goose population in our area is still doing well.

Other than the frame, this shot looks as it did when I took it on a cold but beautiful morning.

© janet m. webb 2016

  1. Bravo. What a wonderful shot: interesting, unusual, still and telling, with a great moment of what looks like the lead goose with its wings upturned.


    • I just got back from a walk and there were about this many geese there again. Fly south, I say…but they don’t seem to get the message. None of them were obliging enough to take off while I was looking, though. Glad you liked the shot.


      • Helen C says:

        Beautiful shot, Janet. I always thought some of those geese flew toward a wrong direction, but I kept telling myself it must be my eyes. I am so happy to read your post! It’s not my eyes, yeah!
        Have a wonderful 2017!

  2. Janet, happy, happy New Year, I wish for you days ahead filled with scenes such as you have captured. Beauty and serenity of nature’s bounty are obvious in it. The mood is made more alive by the colors, lovely. Happy Photo Challenge.

    • Thanks, Sally, and happy New Year to you, too. I saw virtually the same scene this morning. It felt good to get out and walk again. With company and holidays doings, I missed some mornings.


  3. Beautiful but, oh, so cold looking! Sending wishes for a HAPPY NEW YEAR! 😀

  4. Lenore Brashear says:

    Burrrrrr!!! It is snowing here this morning and the resident geese are not to be seen. They stay here all year around. We are in the Sierra foothills, East of Sacramento, CA. I love to hear the geese flying over the barn and honking while I am feeding. They usually change from one pond to another at daylight
    We rarely get snow at this elevation but today is a rare day.

  5. basildonkitchens says:

    Wonderful shot! Lots of atmosphere! 🙂 Happy New Year to you! 🙂

  6. Lena says:

    What a great winter photo, I really like the flying birds in the sky!

  7. Su Leslie says:

    I love the composition of this shot Janet!

  8. Tina Schell says:

    That’s a beauty Janet – would make a great Christmas card! Have a terrific 2017!

  9. Captured the cold moment of winter life. Happy New Year!

  10. Dan Antion says:

    This is a great photo, Janet. I’m always amazed at the fact that the ice cold water doesn’t really bother them. Or, if it does, that they don’t complain.

  11. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like the moment that you captured here, Janet. The one goose has his wings up, ready for another bite of air beneath—no wonder it is the leader!

  12. Amy says:

    What a cool capture, Janet! Love, love it 🙂

  13. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Excellent shot — Happy 2017! Cornell Lab of Ornithology is my go to place to find out “why” with birds! Here’s a link I hope you find helpful;

    • Thanks, Lindy. I’ll check it out. Happy 2017 to you as well.


    • LIndy, that’s an excellent site and confirms what I suspected: that geese are more likely to hang out in northern and suburban areas because of the factors the site mention. Always nice to know my suspicions were correct. I’m going to look at this site a lot more in the future, so thanks again.

  14. prior.. says:

    Oh cool photo – and the third one from the left – with wings up – now hat is a cool capture!

  15. nowathome says:

    stunning in black and white!

  16. bythebriny says:

    Love this photo. The flying birds fill the top of the frame perfectly.

  17. joey says:

    It’s a great shot, so icy and beautiful! I love it!

What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, that or the other thing.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.