“Goose Dipping at Niagara”

Earlier this year, or should I say last year..oops. Yep, it’s 2014 now. I was at Niagara Falls for several days. On my last day there, and in the last few minutes of photographing the falls themselves, I noticed something on the very edge of one of the falls.

Upon closer inspection it was a goose, and not too far from it, a gull. He was just sitting casually, as if it were an every day occurrence to be on the edge of a huge waterfall! I was very concerned with the goose though, because in my mind, just one large push of water, and down it would go. Of course, geese do fly, and that is probably not what would have happened.

I didn’t have a long enough lens on to get a close-up, but that wasn’t really what I was there to photograph in the first place. I was able to get several images with the goose in the frame, however, I liked the composition of this one the best, even though he happens to be dipping his head into the water.

So after all is said and done, this image isn’t really about the goose at all, it’s really about Niagara Falls, the beauty, the flow of water, the wonderful colors, and the experience of being there. The goose was just an added bonus, and what a life he lives! On the edge, literally!

"Goose Dipping at Niagara"
“Goose Dipping at Niagara”

“Dappled and Dripping”

While out on a walk a while back I found a small pond which contained several types of geese, ducks, and a a pair of mute swans.
I’m not at all an expert on any type of bird or water fowl, but this goose closely resembles the shots I have of a Toulouse Goose taken many months ago. Feel free to correct me identify this one if I’m wrong.
I got in many shots, but there were so many geese and ducks that it took a while to get one that I could single out. I like this shot because of the dappled colors of his feathers and the water dripping from his beak.
He was continuously dipping his head in and out of the water in search of food.

Lovely goose in a pond