Canada Goose portrait – Nikon D500, f13, 1/200, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
There are lots of Canada Geese near where I live in part because of the grassy golf course that is not too far away and because of the Jordan River and several small ponds that are just down the hill. I’m sure that some people don’t care for the geese because of their droppings which can be messy and the fact that they can be aggressive when they have young. Some bird photographers ignore them but I can’t. Or I won’t because they are birds and I am passionate about all of them.
After Canada Geese nest and rear their young they go through an annual molt which means they have a flightless period of about 4 to 5 weeks and during that time I don’t see the geese flying overhead or hear their flight calls.
Canada Geese flying in front of the Promontory Mountains – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Then when they have finished molting, can fly again and I do hear them flying overhead I realize that I have missed their honking calls, that a big part of the summer has passed, that mornings are getting cooler again and that before long the oaks in the mountains will start to turn red. It is almost as if the change of seasons have crept up on me and I find it funny how a sound I hear basically year round with the exception of a few weeks during the summer can trigger thoughts of frosty mornings and fall migration.
Yesterday morning I had the window open to let in some fresh air while I worked at my computer and heard the Canada Geese calling as they flew by before the first light of the sun had reached the valley and I smiled, I couldn’t help it. We might still have temps in the 90’s, some even reaching into the 100 degree range but I am beginning to hear the sounds of changing seasons.
Life is good.