Besides frost, there were lots of geese in the park.  You know that goose down works well as an insulator or these guys would all be very, very cold!  For whatever reason, all the geese congregate here early in the morning, then take off at intervals, for all the world as if they’re taking off from an airport.  They make no noise while on the water, but as soon as they take off, the honking begins.  By the time I get back from my walk, they’re all gone.  But the next time I arrive, they’re back.
© janet m. webb

“Oh, listen. Listen!’ A sound like a big crowd a good way off, excited and shouting, getting closer. We stand up and scan the empty sky. Suddenly there they are (the geese), a wavering V headed directly over the hilltop, quite low, beating southward down the central flyway and talking as they pass. We stay quiet suspending our human conversation until their garrulity fades and their wavering lines are invisible in the sky.
They have passed over us like an eraser over a blackboard, wiping away whatever was there before they came.”
~Wallace Stegner

The early morning light illuminated the undersides of the geese as they flew overhead, distracting my from my search for frost photos.  Because people feed them and because there are places they can get food, not all geese go south for the winter.  I don’t mind them at the park, but when they’re at the nearby lake, their propensity for decorating the sidewalk with poop is distinctly off-putting.

© janet m. webb

  1. pommepal says:

    They can be a bit messy and very noisy too.

  2. I love the sound of geese flying through the mists here during their migration. Canada geese usually stay in the area, but we don’t have a pond large enough to entice them to stick around at our land. They are pretty, but yeah, the poop not so much.

    • It seems as if most of the geese don’t migrate at all these days, but perhaps there are so many that I can’t tell. 🙂 They are prodigious poopers, that’s for sure, and their offerings make me have to watch when I walk on the path around the lake!


  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Two beautiful shots. I too love to hear them honking overhead. But the goose poop? Not so much!

  4. Lovely photos. Goose poop,is no fun stuck in soccer cleats either.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a beautiful in-flight photo, Janet.

  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Nice use of the Blue Hour in the first photo, Janet.

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely shots Janet. Our environments are so different at the moment; I am enjoying sharing in yours. 🙂

  8. I was outside chipping ice on Saturday and heard faint honking so I stopped to observe as they flew over. It never fails to amaze me. 🙂

  9. Leya says:

    Lovely blue and cold!

  10. Ah yes, another subject that I love from afar… Birds are majestic, inspiring creatures, until you look down at all the “gifts” they leave behind. Thank you for capturing only their good sides here!

  11. Love the shots, Janet.

    This also reminded me of the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver.