After ten years off I did the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Christmas Show this past weekend. I had many friends and visitors come in to say hello and talk about my photography and their own wildlife experiences. The many positive comments keep me inspired to get out there and keep at it! I thank all of those people who decided they would like to live with one of my prints or my 2010 Calendar or to give them as gifts!
My dear friends, Gwen and Gerry DeForest, went above and beyond the call to help me set up and take-down my display. They even came in during the day to check up and see if I needed anything. Now I have to consider what improvements I can make to my displays to make it easier and faster to set up. Of course, all improvements cost money and/or space in both a booth and in the vehicle. My physical limitations do mean that I need help doing these things so that is another consideration. The success of the weekend did encourage me to try it again.
The Snow Geese from my Quebec trip continue to run through my mind. My friend, Tom Hayman, who has been writing a bird and nature column in the London Free Press for many years, wrote an article about my experience and an image was published as well.
The image, above, was taken on my visit to Nanuk Lodge at Cape Tatnum, Manitoba in Augsut of 2008. The geese were migrating south and are some of those that nest in the central Arctic. It was easy to see where they had pulled up the grasses by the roots and left huge patches of bare mud. The next image shows their saw-toothed bill that allows them to feed only too successfully.
The above image shows the staining that was noticeable on some of the Snow Geese in Quebec. Although I knew it was from the geese feeding in areas where the earth had a high iron content, Ron Pittaway told me that the staining would have occurred someplace on their southern migration route as the geese would have molted before leaving their breeding grounds.
The image, above, shows just a small part of one bare mud patch at Cape Tatnum.
Even though scientists believe the numbers of Snow Geese are a problem their beauty and grace was wonderful to see and photograph.
All the above images were taken with my 500 mm lens.
There is still lots of time to order calendars for Christmas!