Yesterday we took our dogs for a walk off-leash near Ribstone Lake. Migratory waterfowl love the lake. If you look just past the far shoreline, you can see the 10,000 snow geese. (Goose count is based on the estimate by the resident naturalist.) Their squawking filled the air and as you can see, they are quite a distance, on the other side of the lake from us. For reasons not totally understood, snow geese populations have exploded in recent years. These geese took flight, perhaps because we scared them or perhaps because a coyote got too close. They rose into the air and landed more toward the middle of the lake.
Here you can see more of the lake but less of the geese. The resident naturalist and the intrepid Scruffy are in the foreground. When we walked west along the lake, a large group of mixed speckle-belly and Canada geese had gathered in a tight circle. They, too, filled the air with their honking and "talking."
This is the northeast end of Ribstone Lake. I like the shot because of the bales on the hill in the background. You can see the fall colours in the poplars across the lake but on this side, the willows and most of the shrubs have lost their leaves. The bull rushes have turned to seed to the right. October can be a lovely time of year and yesterday was a day with sun, the spicy scent of dying vegetation in the air and little wind.
The dogs are heading back to the truck. They loved their walk; there was much to sniff at and explore. Someone told me they enjoyed my dog pictures. There are a lot of them but the comment only encouraged me to use more.
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