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How Many Geese Grandson? 1....2.....3...

How Many Geese Grandson? 1....2.....3...
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-21 6:17
Viewed: 2843
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was a day of cooler weather and clouds. Rain came in sprinkles on then off. I asked my wife if she want to get out some, as she is pretty much not able to walk more than 100 feet now and even riding in the car can be a chore. She has severe untreatable post-polio syndrome. In a way, to me, it seems unfair. After spending her childhood at 7 years old in an iron lung back in the epidemic of the polio in the early 50's, here she has to go thru a similar thing with not such a good prognosis. So she jumped on the chance, but I could tell she was in pain. We drove out to Turnbull NWR and simply sat in our car with the engine running...waiting for something to come into clear view. I had 3 cameras with me. I thought I was ready for anything and so snapped a few grab shots here and there...then a grimace again on Jane's face and I said we were going back home.

I got the car into gear and continued on south for a bit to find a place to turn around. Immediately Jane and I saw the geese at the same time and glanced at each other knowingly. I stop in the middle of the turn and grabbed for the Fuji with the Sigma 300 on it....and again balancing the long lens on the half turned down window and took pics as quickly as I could while Jane watched for any oncoming cars. There is something about taking pictures for so many years...accidents... fires...basketball games...much editorial work...I knew how to set the lens and cameras, but digital is still new to me and I have no longer the body action to do what is needed. Yet I came away with a couple I thought worth posting....from Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to you, my friends at TN. Soon comes IT...The winter...

Oh the long and dreary Winter!
Oh the cold and cruel Winter!
Ever thicker, thicker, thicker
Froze the ice on lake and river,
Ever deeper, deeper, deeper
Fell the snow o'er all the landscape,
Fell the covering snow, and drifted
Through the forest, round the village.

-Henry W. Longfellow

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Hello Dear Bob
Another wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect moment to shoot,Welldone.

Good Luck

Dear Bob!
This time I will strat from writting a few words according to your note. I am really sorry to hear all these terrible things... I really hope that thanks to you and your love, your wife will be full of possitive energy and very soon you will be able to go for a very, very long walk. I wish you that all my heart! :)

According to the photo I would say: 4, 5, 6... 16! :)
Very funny title! :)
TFS and all the best for you and your wife my TN Friend!

Lovely scene...wonderfully composed.
Very interesting! :)
I love the pattern.

Hello Bob
Another picture that means so much..the intuitive sense between a man and his wife are incredible..a look without saying a word is something only years of understanding can achieve.
The picture itself may not be be the most technically perfect or the most interesting scene...but to me its worth more than a thousand pin sharp picures of some exotic species in captivity...Your picture shows that freedom from captivity albeit however brief is the best picture.
My Warmest Regards To Yourelf and Jane

Hi Bob
Maybe it is not perfectly sharp but there are some other very important values here. I like composition and POV. Very interesting thing - very aestetic
I like it very much
Best wishes

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-21 12:36]

Hi Bob. Just marking your very good photo as i am very short of time.

Hi Bob, lovely view with a lot of geese, splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio


I love the repeating pattern that's taking place here - more than just the geese, but the stripes along their graceful necks. The ripples of the water and the contrast really set this scene up for what it is: a cold, windy day. It's really a quaint capture, one I'd expect to see on one of those old paintings done in the late 19th century, you know?

Several of the geese have their necks bent as if to brace against the wind, and knowing what the weather's been like, I have to say this is a great capture, especially knowing what the elements have been like.

Great contrast, and while there's some noise, it only adds to the demension of the wind and cold. Nicely captured.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-21 15:03]

Hi Bob
Very nice image.Composition is good and the image is sharp,Also nice color.
TFS Michel

Hello my friend Bob,
You are sharing with us the most valueable photo from the wonderful moment of love and affection in you two!
My warmest regards to Jane that she has another friend from a far distance and I will post and dedicate to her especially!
As for this photo, still a good shot with clarity, beautiful colour and details in it.

Hi Mr. Bob,
A beautiful capture of these geese. Lovely composition and well exposed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello bob,
nice shot, perfect timing to click, well composed, nice pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Bob.
You had a wonderful day out and a great result also. I like how you filled the frame with the geese. They almost look like clones of each other. You havn't been playing with the cloning tool have you ;) Great sharpness and simplicity. My regards to your wife. I'm glad you can still share these moments together.
Best regards, Steve.

Bonjour Bob, très belle photo de ces bernaches, l'ensemble est bien composé, jolies couleurs et très bon texte,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-22 7:03]

This is a lovely collection/gaggle of geese!
Superb colours, great moment and to heck with technical imperfections!

Hi Bob,
Very beautiul picture with all these geese in the same direction!
Nice colours and excellent sharpness... Beautiful little frame too :-)


salut Bob

très belle photo de ces bernaches à l'eau,
moi je n'ai jamais eu la chance de voir autant
de bernches à la fois à l'eau

les détails sont excellents et les couleurs des bernaches
tout comme celui de l'eau sont jolies,
j'aime également le pov de l'image



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-23 7:37]

Great shot of those Canadian tourists ! :-) Well done in catching them like that going all in the same direction. I love it, thanks !


Hi Bob,

A good POV of the canadian geese, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


HI Bob,
To start with I will add your wife to my prayer list, can't imagine what shes going through, but glad you have each other , love conquers all!

I love canadian geese, I have them out front of my house all the time, they are so social sometimes I laugh at them. I like your shot, a very peaceful photo, TFS


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