Friday, December 10, 2010

Thought has a pair of dauntless wings

My husband took these photos yesterday evening. I had just come home from work and was upstairs changing to go out and take a walk.


I saw him out there with the camera and hoped he was getting some good shots.


Because it sure was a beautiful sunset.


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Geese heading south for the winter fly over us.


See how high up they’re flying?

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In the early spring, when they head north to their summer breeding grounds, they fly over our house much lower. They fly so low that we can hear their wings against the air.


But heading south for the winter, they fly so high you can hardly see ‘em.




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I changed quickly and was on the little trail as my husband was taking these photos. There was just enough light to go around the property (about 20 acres) twice.




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And the light was really beautiful.




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I think this last one is my favorite. Taken while standing directly in front of the house and looking west, I like the composition and his use of the rule of thirds


I think bare tree branches are extremely photogenic.


And that’s all I have to say about that.


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Until tomorrow, then . . .
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Bond and Free, by Robert Frost

41 comments:

Jan's camera said...

Beautiful photos. You are so lucky to have all of that nature around you.

Low Tide High Style said...

Beautiful photos. The winds have been so high and the air so crisp that we've had starry skies at night and beautiful sunsets! I like the last shot too and think bare trees are beautiful!

Kat :)

Yolanda said...

Very photogenic. I love the bare bones beauty of winter.

Deb said...

gorgeous photos....

texwisgirl said...

Very beautiful. :)

deborah said...

beautiful!

Cloudia said...

Yes, I miss hearing their wings!


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becky up the hill said...

Geese and sun sets make me happy; could you hear them 'honking'? Lovely blog.

Ilse said...

Hi!
Just had a catch-up read of your posts and saw you enjoyed the rooibos tea.
I grew up on rooibos tea in South Africa and so did my son. He was colicky and this was a great 'tonic' for him as it has overall health benefits and is of course caffeine free. There's also a facial range as well. In fact, I have Rooibos and Aloe Vera cleanser which is great.
Anyhow, thought I'd share something from my home country!
See http://www.annique.co.za/About_Rooibosstory.html

xxIlse

Mary said...

LOVE the photos, especially the first one with the geese flying over the house -- beautiful! And I love that poem, too!
xoxo

Scriptor Senex said...

I wonder why they fly at different heights according to which way they are going? Here they go overhead quite low both in Spring and Autumn - I love hearing the wingbeats and the occasional 'honk'.

Sweetpea said...

Bond and Free,
all of it.

that IS it. Entirely.

Marilyn said...

and those geese might just have landed here on the lake. I watched a gaggle come in and I told the husband there were about fifty or seventy that landed and the splash down was fantastic. I didn't have the camera out and could kick myself....if it wasn't them, let's just pretend it was!!!
Stunning photos, just stunning.
:)

Nancy said...

Very pretty. Your husband is an excellent photographer. Mine can't figure out where the "on" button is. Just as well.

Hope you are having a super Friday!

Nurse Nancy said...

So beautiful...thanks for the comments about the geese. I had never made that observation but it is so true.

TSannie said...

This world we live in is just so magnificently gorgeous...

Wonderful captures - the geese are just perfection.

beth said...

i love that last one, too....
it looks like the sun has had it and is sitting on the ground.....

LivewithFlair said...

Haunting, gorgeous, longing. . .

I'm addicted to this blog! Thanks from Live with Flair. www.livewithflair.blogspot.com

Linda said...

I so admire both of you for your talents behind the camera. AND your dedication to your daily walk no matter the weather. Talent isn't easy to share but could you send some of that dedication my way? Thanks!

Daryl said...

the shot below the geese is my fav .. you know I seriously doubt he thought about the rule of 3 .. but ... still .. and yet .. xo

Michelle said...

"And that's all I have to say about that" Forest Gump referance? My fovorite movie ever. lol

The sky was beautiful and I agree with you. I like the last one the most too.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I always learn something here. Never heard of the rule of 3! Also, I wonder why they fly at different heights? Could it be the temperature? The air currents? (I hear you laughing at my ignorance, and it's OK. I'm snickering too.)

Gorgeous pictures.

Cait O'Connor said...

How beautiful

COUNTRY GAL said...

Beautiful photos. I agree with you about bare branches, I love photographing trees . Have a wonderful weekend.

Mary Lou said...

That's all you should say about those gorgeous photos.

mrs mediocrity said...

heat wave here today, 27 degrees! but the other night we had a similar sunset, just gorgeous. love the title you chose for this.

Jeanne Walker said...

The beauty is all in the 'details'!

Have a great weekend, my sweet friend! Hugs, Jeanne

Char said...

they are rather gorgeous

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hi there Kate, it's been a while and I"m sorry for that.
Missed out lots I saw. Love your hubbys shots (do tell him) and it was awsome to be in your garden for just a moment as the sun went down.

Have a great sunday my friend.
Dagmar

wayne15575 said...

Kate, I need your help. Some time ago you sent me the URL to the site that makes those great Mosaics and for the life of me, I can't find it.
Could you resend it to me?
wtownley2@comcast.net

Thanks.

cottage farm villa said...

Kate, first let me say that I LOVE your header photo! Love.

My favorite sights and photos are of the silhouettes of trees at sunset ~ always has been. The last photo is amazing! Hubby done good!

Merry Christmas.

Russell said...

Lots of nice images. I really like the house and the widow's walk on top.

Yes - light is everything, isn't it? And you certainly captured it nicely.

Seeing the geese reminds me of my favorite James Michenor book - Chesapeake. He used geese as a cover and the story takes place in DelMarVa (hope I got that right).

Take care.

tainterturtles said...

I love photos of the setting sun...you captured some nice ones.

Maria said...

Those photos are gor geous.

Interesting about those geese flying high versus low during certain seasons/migrations. I didn't know that and I always like to learn a new thing about nature. :-) I was out on my land in Kansas a couple weeks ago and saw all these white birds flying really high in the sky. I couldn't figure out what they were at first because they weren't flying in a V formation and I couldn't hear any honking but it turned out that my suspicion was right.... they were snow geese passing through Kansas. Lots of them. Lots. I think they must have the hardest migration of any bird on earth. I had to stop my car and get out and just watch. :-)

Ashley Sisk said...

These shots are so gorgeous!

alphabet soup said...

Those geese just take my breathe away.
And the rule of thirds - you can't beat the rule of thirds I say - thanks for reminding me about it...
Ms Soup

ELK said...

oh yes the branches are so very expressive .. i love bare branches too..are the geese coming to Texas?
it was in the 60's this weekend

A New England Life said...

Such luminous skies, and the geese are always a delight to see and hear, aren't they? I followed some the other day that were headed the wrong way, North. LOL! Hopefully they got themselves turned around!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Beautiful pictures as usual!

Lili said...

Those were all gorgeous Kate. The end of the day light is just spectacular in these and that first one made me smile when I noticed the bird formation kind of resembled a very thin mustache right there in the sky. (I know, I'm strange sometimes.) xoxo ~Lili

Gail said...

Such a beautiful place to be. I love that you can "hear the wings against the air".