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Day's flight of geese by Owed to Nature

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In Great Meadow’s wetland sanctuary, no character is more prevalent than the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). As each day ends, the setting sun turns your eyes to the west and the sound of distant geese turn your attention to the treeline. I don’t know where they spend their days, but at dusk, they return to the Refuge’s open water. Most of the year, their honking increases to crescendo levels as they woosh overhead to make a splash landing in ponds to either side of the main trail. But even in winter, when ponds have turned to ice, they proclaim their return as you scan the treeline, just catching their flight path before their water landing in the bordering Concord River.

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, Massachusetts USA
Shot handheld Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Focal length 73mm (407mm SLR equivalent), 1/800 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

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The World As We See It Or as we missed it Photo Of The Week – 2nd Runner up Week ending January 13 2013
The World As We See It Or as we missed it January 14 2013
The Beautiful East Coast February 1 2013


During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Naturealmost 2 years ago

    Description  by Owed to Nature

    In Great Meadow’s wetland sanctuary, no character is more prevalent than the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). As each day ends, the setting sun turns your eyes to the west and the sound of distant geese turn your attention to the treeline. I don’t know where they spend their days, but at dusk, they return to the Refuge’s open water. Most of the year, their honking increases to crescendo levels as they woosh overhead to make a splash landing in ponds to either side of the main trail. But even in winter, when ponds have turned to ice, they proclaim their return as you scan the treeline, just catching their flight path before their water landing in the bordering Concord River.
    Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, Massachusetts USA

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Kelleralmost 2 years ago

    This MUST be seen large! Gorgeous Sylvia!!!

  • Oh, so many THANKS Kent! Always fun scanning the skies wondering where and when they’ll show themselves. Have to get a video one of these days as the sound of their flight is something else… must be heard loud! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thank you very much Larry! And welcome back to you. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 2 years ago

    must be a great sight xx

  • Oh it is Lynn… great sounds and sight! Thank You!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent work… Congratulations 2nd Runner-Up!
    Editors Weekly Choice Ending January 13th 2013
    The World As We See It , or as we missed it. Group

  • Your selections are always a pleasure and honor and this time is no exception!!! Many Thanks Evita for the joy and surprise your choice give me… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • CanyonWind
  • THANK YOU so very much POPs!!! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Carolyn Clark
    Carolyn Clarkalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful!!!

  • Thank you very much Carolyn! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • RGHunt
    RGHuntalmost 2 years ago

    1 FEBRUARY 2013 -- AWESOME WORK

  • Many Thanks Russell for this Feature! Very much appreciate your generosity and support… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful composition and colour, Sylvia!!

  • Many Thanks Mieke! Been a pretty cold and snowy winter here but the reward has been some crisp skies that fill with warm golden hues at days end. Sunset and dusk is my favorite time of day and near home, this is a favorite place to spend it. Thank you for your wonderful comments!

    – Owed to Nature

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