Six Baby Chicks by Lois  Bryan

Featured in Baby Animals December 29, 2011.
Featured in Waterfowl March 17, 2009.

Six little baby Canada geese and their parents out for a very early morning dip in the pond not far from my house. The watchful and wary eyes of mom and dad were definitely turned my way more than once. Happy to report that I escaped our encounter with none of my body parts having been nipped. As a child I was frequently terrified by a long-necked white goose owned by my aunt. My cousin promised to tie its neck into a knot for me, but to my knowledge, she never did. All that to say, I was somewhat cautious of these guys as I’m sure they were of me, as well!!

Image taken May 1, 2008 with the Nikon D40x and the 55-200mm VR Nikon lens. Shutter speed 1/400, aperture f/56, exposure 0.00 and iso 400. Image twiddled with in Photoshop to remove a distracting giant blade of grass, then into Photomatix it went. HDR from single, hand held image, duplicated in Photoshop at +/- 2 eval for 3 versions.

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  • Keeli
    Keeliabout 6 years ago

    LOL, great story! Wonderful capture, love the deep contrast ;-)

  • thanks, Keeli, hon!!!!! Glad you got a kick out of the story … these guys look so pretty, but they pack a mean nip!!!! Especially when you’re only about 4 or 5 years old!!! LOL!!! Glad you like the colors … actually the original isn’t that far off from this … but I liked how the hdr made all the detail pop!!! It was a glorious spring morning!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 6 years ago

    Delightful family!!! beautiful shot,, Lois!

  • Thanks, Wendi, hon … I have a whole series of these … choosing which ones to upload is always difficult!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 6 years ago

    What a wonderful image of Spring, glorious Spring!!!!!!! A darling capture, Lois!!!!!!

  • Hi Lori, hon!!!!! Thank you!!!! Yes, we’re knee deep in snow here .. and ice tomorrow, lol, but we can dream can’t we??

    – Lois Bryan

  • DarkStars
    DarkStarsabout 6 years ago

    Lois, this is wonderful, love the gorgeous vibrant colours, no wonder the geese look so happy :)
    I know what you mean about geese, they are wonderful watch dogs/geese, lol…
    I used to live in a caravan in which a gaggle of about 20 of them would roost in, around and under the van, and when I came out and they were are around, I had to come out swinging with a broom, lol

  • OMG!!!! I’m laughing so hard I have little giggle tears!!!!! What a GREAT STORY!!!!! Bless your heart, I fully appreciate the bit about the broom!!! Toooo funny!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 6 years ago

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 6 years ago

    awesome work

  • Hi Luda, hon!!! Thank you!!

    – Lois Bryan

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSabout 6 years ago
    Excellent capture, Lois, and your story reminds me of an old Gary Cooper movie: “Friendly Persuasion”. There was a little boy in the movie constantly doing battle with a white goose.
  • Oh Mick!!!! I remember that one!!! Haven’t seen it in years, but wasn’t it about an Amish family?? Or if not Amish … a group like that??? Tooo cool!! I’ll have to hunt that one up and see it again … I remember really loving it!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • andreisky
    andreiskyabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • thank you so much, Andrei!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • jansnow
    jansnowabout 6 years ago

    What a great capture of springtime!!

  • Thanks, Jan!!!!! It’ll be here soon, now!!! YAY!!!

    – Lois Bryan

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSabout 6 years ago
    It’s a great old movie about a Quaker family that gets caught up in the Civil War. I’m sure it’s on DVD so you should check it out.
  • Quaker!!! That’s right!!!! Oh, i think I will!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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