Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Nature Notes: Early spring at Shelley Lake

For this week's nature notes, I thought I'd look for signs of spring at Shelley Lake.
The most obvious sign of spring is how the ducks and geese are pairing off into couples.
There aren't any flowers blooming around the lake or in the woods yet except for a few isolated trees with early blooms, but there are lots of couples.
I do enjoy seeing a few trees with the beginnings of flowers, mostly ones that get some sun as opposed to ones in the woods.
The high stepping geese amused me. The shot is a little blurry because they were walking straight at me.
I like the way there were sprays of a tree beginning to flower next to a tree that was still bare naked
The different stages of growth and changes side by side are my favorite part of spring and also of fall.
During the changing seasons there is often a little bit of everything.
I always try to document the early phases of spring and fall because those are the times of year where there is often a lot of contrast.
It's fun to watch the seasons at the lake because there are so many changes both with the water birds and the plant life.
The noise factor with the geese is extreme this time of year. That's the biggest change I noticed before I even got to the part of the path where I could see the lake. I could hear the geese and ducks chattering at each other.
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Voyager said...

What beautiful couples. I love the big Canada Geese coming at you. They can get quite cranky at people. I once had one nip my leg when I got too close to her ducklings.

Cezar and Léia said...

You did a great choice for this theme.I think love is in the air and it's a good sign for early spring!
Wonderful pictures!
Léia :)

Maude Lynn said...

I just love that first shot. Geese are so beautiful.

Squirrel said...

Great Nature Notes!!

Rambling Woods said...

I guess we are on the same wavelength. I do love the waterfowl and you have a beautiful place to visit... Michelle

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series on the couples. Great shots.

DeniseinVA said...

So nice to see all those birds and beautiful surroundings. Lovely photos!

Leora said...

I would love to come visit the lake, too. Looks like a calm, relaxing place.

Unknown said...

Wonderful photos. You have a great eye!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

those ducks look like they are running right for you. were you running backwards taking it? we are having yet more rain today and then a warming spell this weekend - into the 70's. Looking forward to a road trip to take photos

Andree said...

I'll say they are coming right at you! I hope that photo of the geese is cropped so well that it only appears you were lying on the ground. It's a magnificent, awesome shot. Don't misunderstand. But you could've gotten hurt! But I love the shot and wish I had done it!

MyMaracas said...

Great choice for Nature Notes! You really did a nice job of capturing those couples, especially the geese.

Small Reflections said...

Wonderful photo series with LOTS of signs of spring. Love the reflections in the last shot especially.
Hugs and blessings,

Medblog Addict said...

I LOVE these photos of the ducks and geese. They are beautiful.