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Snow Geese on Cayuga Lake ~

After Friday morning’s jaunt out to Cayuga Lake State Park to photograph the wildlife gathering there, I decided to take another crack at it today ~ only this time I went out at dinner time, and Al went with me.

 

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The lake was, yet again, inundated with white snow geese, as well as Canadian geese and a variety of ducks.  However, like before, they were all engaged in the middle of the lake ~ quite a distance away for me to test my optical zoom.  This time, I remembered to bring my winter gloves (fingertip optional), and I set up my tripod on the boat launch and watched.  It was still bitter cold as the wind whipped.  The mass of white geese looked like a strip of white snow on the center of the lake, and they all moved as one.  I looked away for a second, and when I looked back they had all begun to lift ~ all at the same time!  What an incredible sight!

Snow Geese Cayuga Lake 3

The above photo is a bit blurry, as I think the wind caught it a little bit and/or it shook from my trembling cold hands!  But you can clearly see the black tipped wings of the snow geese.  There was another photographer out there when I got there, and when he saw what I saw, I thought he was going to have a coronary right there!

 

Snow Geese Cayuga Lake 1

 

Here’s a look at them as they pass overhead.  They were honking up a storm ~ a very different sound than the Canadian goose.

 

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These two uncharacteristically lagged behind (maybe they were secretly “Graylag geese”).  Anyway, the flight of the flock didn’t last for long.  It seems they just lifted themselves for a bit to get more comfortable, then they settled back down for the evening.  Those few seconds that they filled the sky over Cayuga Lake were sure exciting!

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

Wintry Upstate New York ~

 Al and I went out looking for good places locally to take some wintry pictures to share, despite the bitter cold wind the sun was out for the most part.

Blowing/drifting snow across a rural road near Jordan, NY

Blowing/drifting snow across a rural road near Jordan, NY

Coming across a bridge over the NYS Thruway and some CSX train tracks, I caught this blowing and drifting snow across the road.  I had to take it quick as it’s a busy roadway and there was nowhere to stop and get out… so I took it through our wind shield.

Ducks huddle together on the edge of the iced over Erie Canal near Camillus, NY

Ducks huddle together on the edge of the iced over Erie Canal near Camillus, NY

I can certainly understand why they male and female ducks huddle close together for warmth.  The wind was biting!

Dog walkers and skiers on another section of the Erie Canal Trail near Camillus, NY

Dog walkers and skiers on another section of the Erie Canal Trail near Camillus, NY

I wanted so much to venture down onto the Erie Canal path to take more photos, but the trail head was plowed over with mounds of snow so access was limited to only the most skilled at climbing snow banks ~ leaves me out.  We did watch a family of (4) ~ two adults and their children ages 7 and 4 climb up over the mounds with their cross country skis.  It took about 15 minutes for all four to make it ~ even the dad pretty near wiped out!  They chuckled embarrassingly as I took their photos and thanked them for being so kind.

Snowboliers on the Erie Canal Trail near Jordan, NY

Snowmobilers on the Erie Canal Trail near Jordan, NY

These snowmobilers were zipping up and down the Erie Canal Trail right near our house.  We live about 2/10 away from this portion of the trail and we can hear the snowmobilers all day and night as they race back and forth.  I’m just happy that THIS YEAR there’s enough snow for them to enjoy.  Last year, mid-winter, there were many snowmobiles sitting by the side of the road with FOR SALE signs on them!

A CSX freight train heads right for me

A CSX freight train heads right for me

Al (my husband) has a fascination with trains, so when we saw this one coming towards us at a nearby train crossing, he couldn’t resist getting out and taking a closer look.  I insisted on getting as close to the tracks as possible to get a “head on” view.  My right foot was resting up against the rail as the train barreled down on me.  I hadn’t taken the time to check to see where the crossing gates would come down, and I almost got knocked down onto the tracks in front of the train by one as it came down right behind me.  Adrenalin rush!