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Yesterday, leaving the house as the sun was just breaking over the horizon, I grabbed my camera and headed out into the neighborhood hoping to capture photos to use for this blog. Early morning or late afternoon truly brings out the intensity of color in the terrain, and this is what I was hoping to catch. While at one of the local lakes the call of Canadian Geese drew my attention. I watched as they circled overhead. They were lowering. Poised with my camera at the ready I was very fortunate to capture this series of photos!

Here they are still circling…

Incoming geese

Incoming geese

I watched as they lowered.

On approach

On approach

They started to land, heading right towards where I was standing!

Getting ready to lower the landing gear

Getting ready to lower the landing gear

As they got ready to land you could see their feet lowered into breaking mode.

Ready to touch down

Ready to touch down

I catch them as they land!

Touchdown!

Touchdown!

The ripples their landing has created form circles around each bird!

Taxiing

Taxiing

Amazing, isn’t it! What luck to have so perfectly captured these magical moments!

I hope that you enjoyed the photos in this post! Have a splendid Saturday, and many thanks for taking the time to visit with me today! 🙂

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This week’s subject for the WordPress Photo Challenge is Companionable.  I pulled together what I see as forms of being companionable and I hope that you will enjoy this series of photos!

One must feel quite comfortable with one another to sleep nose to nose!

Companion Pigs

Companion Pigs

And after a hard day sometimes we need to lean on one another.

Lean on me!

Lean on me!

What better way to spend an afternoon than to take a swim with your family…

Swimming with the family

Swimming with the family

Or better yet, with your best buddy!

Friends out for a swim

Friends out for a swim

Sometimes just hanging with friends is good too!

Hanging around with friends

Hanging around with friends

Or sharing your favorite rock.

Sharing a boulder with a companion

Sharing a boulder with a companion

Hanging around with your Dad too can be a nice way to spend time.

Spending time together

Spending time together

I hope that you liked this post which focuses on being companionable by spending time with those you love and care for! Thank you to WordPress for this challenge!

Have a great Friday and thank you for stopping by!

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I woke up this morning with a case of ants in the pants and just had to get outdoors and admire spring here in the foothills. What could be better than taking a stroll around one of the local area lakes? Would you care to join me?

We arrive at Trout Lake. The winds are calm, and the day is starting to warm up. From across the lake swims the welcoming committee.

The welcoming committee

The welcoming committee

It is so peaceful here. The only sounds are those of the ducks and geese on the lake. The lake is amazingly calm.

The lake

The lake

We are greeted by one of the locals.

Greeted with a smile

Greeted with a smile

You and me and the locals are enjoying the peace and tranquility.

Overlooking the lake

Overlooking the lake

It’s a perfect day for a swim!

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese

The remains of last year’s cattails still stand proud and tall.

Last year's cattails

Last year’s cattails

We see a family on the beach. There are three geese and a bunch of goslings. They see us approach and head into the water.

The family is out for an early morning swim

The family is out for an early morning swim

I get lucky and catch a photo of the family lined up in a row. They are followed by a white goose who runs interference.

All in a row

All in a row

Walking along further around the lake we spy one of the resident snapping turtles.

A snapping turtle

A snapping turtle

Lupine are starting to bloom and their colors are just glorious!

A mass of lupine

A mass of lupine

We come across an area where water plants are floating. The colors from the red stems that are under water are striking.

Future water lilies

Future water lilies

Looking into the waters edge we can see trout swimming about. Some of them are as big as 14″! I was not sure if the photos of the fish would turn out, but I did catch this fish as it looked at me.

A trout looks at me

A trout looks at me

A short distance away is another snapping turtle basking in the sun!

Basking in the sun

Basking in the sun

Heading away from the lake and back to my car we discover this patch of lupine breaking through the tarmac…such lovely flowers!

Breaking through the tarmac

Breaking through the tarmac

Well it’s time to head home. Thanks for taking this stroll with me! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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I just have to share photos with you of some of my boyfriends friends. They are all good looking too! They come up to greet me too, but they do not get as close as the two boyfriends do!

Ready to meet the friends?

Let’s start off with Gertrude! She is really quite lovely isn’t she? She got her face a bit dirty from poking into the ground looking for grubs.

Gertrude

Gertrude

Moving on, let’s go check out Lucy and Linus! Not from the comic strip, but these two hang together most of the time!

Lucy and  Linus

Lucy and Linus

Then there is Gaylord. He is a bit shy and when I visit he swims in close to shore and rarely comes over to see me.

Gaylord

Gaylord

Now Billy and Bobby? Vastly different from one another yet they have a bond as I always see these two together!

Billy and Bobby

Billy and Bobby

Next we turn to capture a shot of Veronica! She is regal and very self confident!

Veronica

Veronica

The boys would not let me finish this post without including them as well!

Grover

Grover

Bertie

Bertie

Thanks for coming along to meet the friends! Have a great Tuesday!

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Just Ducky!


Today: Just ducks… I hope that you enjoy these photos of ducks (and a goose or two) that I have come across in my travels. I just have to start off, though, with my boyfriend!

I see you!

I see you!

At the Inn

At the Inn

Time to go!

Time to go!

Town meeting

Town meeting

Going swimmingly

Going swimmingly

Cold toes!

Cold toes!

Landing!

Landing!

My favorite goose in winter

My favorite goose in winter

Nap time

Nap time

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Sunday!

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I headed out the door all bundled up and ready to take a walk around the neighborhood. It’s a chilly 39 degrees, but despite the cold there is something wonderful about a walk after it rains. The air is crisp, and the air smells of the forest. Come and take a walk with me…

I got to the lake nearby and was grandly greeted by one of the local natives.

A goose greets me

Then one of his buddies stepped up to say hello too!

Hey who are you?

One of these fellows got a bit curious about me…

Whatcha got there?

If you look closely you will see his eye is blue, and yes he is looking right at me. Also, notice the ridge of tiny teeth that run along his bill. Click on any of the photos to see them better!

Continuing on around the lake, the wind starts to kick up a bit. The cloudy skies make for good photo taking opportunities and I am at the ready. As I start to wonder off my friends decide to follow me.

Can we come along?

Upon seeing me other geese on the lake seem to feel that getting into the water and away from me is a good idea.

Further along the geese head out into the water of the lake

The wind is very cold, but I catch the calm side of the lake only to find the reflection of the trees in the water, and the colors that bleed breathtaking.

On reflection....

The breeze chills me as I turn back to the look at the lake.

The wind ripples the water

I head over to the other lake in the area. When I get there, while still cold it is away from the wind. And I find a lovely spot for a picnic, in the summertime that is!

The perfect spot for a picnic in the summertime

Then I hear a commotion coming from the lake and a pair of geese take flight!

Geese taking off!

I turn and head back home. As I get close tiny drops of rain bounce off my jacket and I step into the vestibule of my home. What a wonderful walk! And I made it back just in time too, because when I turned around to look back from whence I came, I was able to get this shot:

It is snowing!

It started snowing!

I hope that you enjoyed our walk!

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