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The Prodigal Gosling

The Prodigal Gosling
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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: 2007-10-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Exposure: f/7.5, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-29 6:36
Viewed: 3550
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
*Titled Courtesy of Angybone

It seems as though our children leave the nest at such a young age these days. Here we have nature mimicking family life. But these two eventually came back to the flock in the pond. Sometimes our young children do not come back. Too old. Too quickly. Where has all the time gone. Have we really become this old?

I need not explain to you the Canadian Geese. For some see them as pests in a round about way. Others see them in a more natural setting. Some see them as both. I wonder how they see themselves...my mind wander when I sit down on a sunny day at the lakeside where these geese are calling for for a short time. Yesterday I saw the large formations heading south, twice I saw them....then a bit later I saw a formation headed north. It was almost like a changing of the guard.

The Original B&W movie "Scrooge" ends with Scrooge happy as can be to be still alive after his night filled with terror...and he flips open a second story window crying out to a child below and asking if "that goose" was still hanging in the store. So he bought the goose and sent it to his clerk and family. He overworks and underpays his humble clerk, Bob Cratchit, whose little son For some peoples this is a traditional dinner. It has been for me as well every year at Christmas. I perhaps think in two completely different mind sets...it never comes to me what I am actually sacrificing at Xmas...and it's okay. I/We are only human. I am not a Vegan. I am a carnivore. Apologies to some who eat only beans and rice almost as a Vegan Religion or as in Punjab province, no meat for the more Orthodox aesthetics. They do not judge me though. Some of my best friends are from Punjab state.

The Family of Geese!

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To captainsgirl: Still waitingeqshannon 1 10-31 20:07
To FeatherBirdLady: u r a duckeqshannon 3 10-31 10:22
To CeltickRanger: Two specieseqshannon 1 10-30 16:33
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Another lovely shot! Great colors - what a wonderful blue!
I love how the one little guy has decided to venture his own direction. There's always one of those in the crowd, right! ha ha

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-29 8:17]

Hi Bob,
the moment you've chosen to capture here has created a lovely composition, very artful the way they are placed so perfectly around the frame.
The panoramic crop suits the shot very well and i love the blue of that placid looking water. You've turned a scene that alot of people would merely glance at into something special.

Dear Bob
Wonderful panorama shot,
Perfect compositio,exposure and POV,
Great Note.


Joli cadrage et format intéressant
Bonne journée.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-29 9:32]

Hi Bob,

Lovely scene of the parents and children in the nice blue water. Mom and Dad don't seem concerned that the young ones are exploring. The quails exhibit the same behavior and as soon as the parents start to leave the babies all run to catch up.


Hello Bob,
This is a good composition with a story to remember on our children when they are young!
very good colouration on blue with the Geese clearly seen!
well done and well seen

Hi Bob, great composition of lovely family, I like a lot, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Bob,

A flock of these flew literally feet over my head this lunchtime as I was taking pictures in St James Park, typically as I was putting my camera away - this seems to happen quite frequently and I miss so many shots. Anyway, at least you didn't miss you shot, which I really like.

Kind regards,


Gee, this reminds me of myself when I was young. I love it when animals have a mind of their own! Actually, I like the composition of this. The water is a striking blue and that contrasts against the geese. I also love the rippled. Nice exposure as well. :)

hello bob,
nice capture, the colour of the river looks beautiful, fine composition, perfect timimg to shoot this picture,
well done,
tfs & regards

Ducks. The two birds behind the Canada Geese are *ducks* *LOL* Nice shot, tho, Bob! :)


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-30 0:38]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot and a great title......portraying a truth of life. But many places we know today would never have been known if someone somewhere had not ventured out with a free mind and great will. The search for that elusive goal have made humans wander out, however the roots have always remained imbedded and a strong desire to return to that is a crave I know burns within everyone who have left their dear ones behind.
Great POV presenting a side of life which though painful is so desirous for the survival of mankind. Kudos.

Hello Bob,
A lovely image with a strong symbolism...
But let us not forget the best way to learn is to experience life, that goes for humans but even more so in nature!
Pablo -

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-30 8:46]

Wonderful moment, superb composition, colours and details

hello Bob

beautiful photo in panorama framing,
i see that you went to 1/30s
with my camera i never can go that slow
because of the image stabiliser that i don't have

with the framing, the think that i love most from your image
is that 2 different specie of water bids and each speecie
is taking a direction on water (laugh - rire)



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-31 15:27]

Hahaha great title Bob ! Great shot too with a lovely composition, a great exposure and very good focus. Thanks my friend !


Hi Bob,
ahhh more of my canadian geese:o) cute shot with the rebelious little one wanting to strike off on his own!
Beautiful photo and as always your notes always get me

Hi Bob,

A nice image of the canadian gees and of the sibblings, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


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