Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautiful day

I woke up Sunday morning and decided to take a little trip. I wanted to take George somewhere where we could walk, see some pretty scenery, and have a picnic lunch. Yes, you can have a picnic lunch in January.

I decided to head south to a wildlife refuge in Delaware that my husband and I used to frequent. I tried to remember the last time we were there but sadly, could not. I knew the way though, and packed my lunch, some dog yummies for my buddy, water, a camp chair, and a bird book. Oh, and the camera of course.

 

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When we left the house, it was 30 degrees and the thermometer in the car kept climbing the further south we went. It actually got up to 46 down there today! First stop is a viewing tower along Rte. 9. That’s my car parked there just to the left of center in the photo above.

 

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Along the path heading toward the car.

 

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George was a little shaky going up the steps to the tower back there

but he made it just fine.

 

 

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He wasn’t quite comfortable up there, however.

 

We continued south on Rte. 9 and eventually arrived at our destination: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. I planned on taking a couple of small hikes, seeing some birds, and hopefully finding a place to have a picnic in the sunshine and out of the wind.

 

 

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This was taken from the first viewing tower along the road that runs through the park.

Looking east toward the Delaware Bay here.

 

 

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A flock of Canada geese flies above my head.

 

 

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View from my picnic spot. The wind was blowing from the west so I sat on the east side of the car, using it as a wind block. I ate my lunch and listened to the calls of the birds and the wind as it rustled through the reeds.

January day from Kate Young on Vimeo.

Exciting, isn’t it?

Ha.

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Suddenly, a huge flock of snow geese took to the sky. There were thousands of them and all the photographers there turned to take photos. I had the zoom lens on at the time and didn’t have time to change out lenses.

 

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They all landed opposite from where I was sitting. If you look closely, you can see them in the sky and as they land on the water. They really do look like snow, don’t they?

 

 

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I continued to drive around the ponds, stopping every now and then to take photos. I took a lot today and these are just a few that I’m sharing.

 

 

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Today, I’m heading to NJ to visit an old friend. I am taking soup and some rustic bread. I’ll write more about the soup because it is awesome. I used some of the leftover roasted chicken from the other night. Fantastic.

 

Hope you have a good day. Very gray here but hey, it’s a day off.

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36 comments:

Jill of All Trades said...

That many geese are amazing!

Kelly said...

Thank you for your words and pictures. They truly have blessed me. Love.

JaneK said...

Wow.... So beautifully serene! Thanks for taking us along!
Cheers :-)

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

The terrain is so level, I keep looking for mountains, it's beautiful there.

When we lived on the coast one of our favorite destinations was Reifle Island bird sanctuary. The snow geese would come in massive groups every January...and when they take off in large flocks something ethereal and magical spoke to my soul...there is a sense of peace in large bodies of land, filled with nature. You have captured that feeling in your photos...sounds like you had a wonderful day.

Jen

Country Gal said...

Wonderful post and fantastic photos . What a lovely day it was there . Glad you and George had a nice time there . I love walks like that to nothing like mingling in with nature . Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

Sheila said...

Blue skies and sunshine, what a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Nancy's Notes said...

What awesome photographs of a wonderful and beautiful day! Being out taking those photographs must have must have been awesome!

JC said...

So nice that you and George were able to get out and about this time of year.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

A nice post with some lovely photos.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Michelle said...

I am a bit envious of your lovely gaunt with a best pal. My Aussie wasn't feeling well yesterday and the worry of it gnawed at the pit of my stomach all day (he's better today). Loyal, loving dogs are such good company!

Karen said...

Beautiful place to wander with the dog and camera! I have never seen snow geese, let alone such a LARGE flock! WOW!....

jinxxxygirl said...

What lovely pictures! What a coincidence! I just posted about one of my own adventures today. :)Hugs! deb

The Weaver of Grass said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures Kate - glad you had such a good day it - the kind that does the soul good. I love your pictures of the snow geese 'snowing'. Look forward to the soup recipe - will try it.

Hilary said...

Those geese are amazing.. they do indeed look like snow over the water. Lovely day. Enjoy your time in NJ.

donna baker said...

Perfect day.

Debbie From Illinois said...

I am so jealous! We are still in the deep freeze here in Illinois. I haven't seen my lawn since before Thanksgiving. Snow, snow and more snow!!!

You day off sounds wonderful. Looking forward to hearing about the soup.

Kerri Farley said...

WOW......that's a whole lotta Geese! And they really do look like snow!! What a lovely place to visit!! I want to go there!

We are expecting a snow storm tonight/tomorrow.....and then the polar vortex returns.....frigid temps..... hurry up spring!

Reena Walkling said...

What an awesome afternoon! Lucky you to see all those geese. What a beautiful area. You'll have to take me there sometime. :)

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

How cool to load up the dog and take off with a picnic lunch! Beautiful scenery - even in winter!

mrs mediocrity said...

Well, that is one of the loveliest January days I've ever seen... (I miss the sun). xo

wayne15575 said...

Thanks Kate for the wonderful trip. Being from the west coast, there are things you share that I will never see in my lifetime. Thank you so much.

Sweetpea said...

You are a Brave Heart, CG ...
and I salute you on your glorious day!

also ... so important ... "Hi George!!"

xoxo
luv ya. Still listening here from afar.

Bluebird49 said...

used to go with Mama and her first cousin down to NC when the geese came through. It was so loud, you could hardly hear shouts to one another--us--not them! lol That picture you got of so many--such perfect symmetry. Nature's so like that; sometimes we could take a lesson from them, huh! I wonder if George was remembering the last time you were there with Andrew...Blessings, Friend

Nancy Claeys said...

I would say it was serendipity that the snow geese were present on the day you decided to visit that area. :)

it's me said...

Beautiful photos of one of my favorite subjects--birds and the outdoors. I love that you are out and doing new things.

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

George could have stayed on the ground with me! I'm not comfortable with platforms and heights either.

Great pictures. Looks like a beautiful day trip and a peaceful way to spend the day.

Daryl said...

beautiful indeed ... xo

Caroline said...

Wow…the birds are amazing! It sounds like a perfect day to me…good for you getting out and getting some warm sunshine on your face! I need that!

Jeanne Walker said...

I can just about hear those geese honking as they are swirling around above! That sunshine and fresh air I know was good for both you and George! Glad that there were others out there with you guys!

sharon said...

wow, gorgeous area! nice view for a picnic.

GailO said...

Beautiful Kate! What a great idea to go on a winter picnic! Last Thursday I drove to the beach to see if I could find a snowy owl again...but I couldn't enjoy it because I had to go to the bathroom so bad! lol! It was a short stay:)

Rain said...

Beautiful post Kate ! Love the wheat in front of the water! Nice seeing no ice!! Down in Fla now and that's the biggest thing I sure do not miss !! Peace to you Kate .......Rain

beth said...

wow....i don't think i know what snow geese even are....hmmmm....now i want to see them !!!
xo

Andi said...

I can imagine you miss your husband on a little trip like this, but doing something the two of you did together keeps him there with you. Thank you for sharing it with us. The geese are amazing.

Sabrina said...

What beautiful photos, Kate! Those snow geese are amazing, they really do look like snow! And the lake shots are really pretty; makes you forget what cold temps and snowy weather we've been having!

Lili said...

That is a beautiful place on a warm January day. George must have loved going with you and you with him. Lots of beautiful signs in the skies for you! xo