A pair of Canada Geese on ice at Farmington Bay

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A pair of Canada Geese on iceA pair of Canada Geese on ice – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Canada Geese are very common here in northern Utah and in other parts of North America. I don’t photograph them often enough and I should remedy that.

I finished moving all of my swan, geese and duck images to my new photo galleries last week and came across this image of a pair of Canada Geese resting on ice at Farmington Bay WMA that I had taken in February of 2010 and recalled how much I liked this photo. The geese have usually paired up by February and I typically see pairs of them together that time of the year instead of in large flocks.

I like how the one goose is laying on the ice, how the other one seems to be standing guard over it and I especially like how the gold colored vegetation in the distance is reflected on the ice at the top of the frame. I also enjoy how peaceful I feel when I look at this image.

Maybe Canada Geese are plain and common but they are birds and I find them all appealing.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child November 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    They are not common over here. Nor is that much ice.
    Both are very beautiful indeed.

  2. Utahbooklover November 29, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Canada geese are common but I never tire of seeing them. Beautiful image I agree.

  3. Susan Stone November 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Canada Geese are probably my all-time favorite bird, because I got to know a bunch of them quite well. They are amazing creatures. And if I recall correctly, they mate for life. I miss seeing them.

  4. Bob Mcpherson November 29, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia

  5. Patty Chadwick November 29, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I have always loved the simple, elegant colors and color patterns of birds like Canada Geese, Chickdees and Nuthatches. They remind me of Sumi-e paintings…the cave paintings have a similar appeal to me. These birds look like they are sitting and standing on water, not ice. Nice effect…

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