‘Twas a misty, moisty morning …

13 Jun

… and cloudy was the weather.
And that’s about as far as the analogy goes … no old men clothéd all in leather, or anything else. I was out doing a few errands with ye olde Oly strapped on, and ran into a few interesting things:
First, there was a bunch of adult Canada geese sharing babysitting duties of a lot of youngsters:

And then a few closeups of an ornamental bush growing outside my door … I think it’s some variety of privet:

You can definitely see that it was moisty, if not misty.

And so indoors … to warm up and dry out.

Cheers, all!


Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


17 responses to “‘Twas a misty, moisty morning …

  1. saktimari

    June 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Derwandersmann cute are these little goose…. 🙂 🙂 🙂 The nature is beautiful…. zrobiłeś piękne zdjęcia…… beautiful pictures…. The world is so beautiful…. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Darko

    June 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Canada geese are evil (in general, when they demand food or don’t want to let you go through) but in young stage so immensely cute 😀

    • derwandersmann

      June 14, 2014 at 1:54 am

      Yes, they can be aggressive, and kinda dangerous, but, on the other hand, they are so ubiquitous and destructive, that if you are careful to keep your actions unnoticed, you can poach one or two … they’re excellent eating.

  3. evawiren

    June 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    A wonderful post … the geese are a handful if getting too close I wish you will have some sun and nice temperature. Beautiful pictures all of them

    • derwandersmann

      June 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you, Eva. The geese seem to have what we would call a “babysitting coöp”, where they appoint a few adults to watch over ALL the babies, leaving the others to forage for food. Then the adults switch places. There were easily 25 to 30 babies, and perhaps 4 or 5 adults. I have noticed this behaviour before.

  4. raniahajqasem

    June 18, 2014 at 6:12 am

    My God It seems it’s raining a lot in the place where you live , although I love the rain so much ,but I think that one feel bored sometimes , sometimes one miss the warm of sunshine .

  5. Words

    June 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Aha! Your goslings! Good old Canada geese. 😀

  6. derwandersmann

    June 21, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Yes … your greylags are much prettier, and probably not such pests. Long before climate change became noticeable, the migrating flocks began to winter over in the northern Midwest, instead of flying further south, because of the large number of decorative ponds and lakes with water circulation systems, where the water was open all winter. Then natural warming increased the open-water sites, making things worse. And, of course, people without a working brain began feeding them, because they are so pretty.
    Now they’re a permanent population, a health hazard (goose poop), noisy, and aggressive enough to occasionally hurt a child.
    They’d be an excellent protein supplement for the food pantries, but oh, no! That would be cruel, and dangerous in populated areas. I suspect that some people are harvesting a few for private use … the market for air rifles seems to be quite active.

  7. saktimari

    July 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Derwandersmann miłego i spokojnego dnia życzę…. Happy Week .. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. Serola

    August 5, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Excellent photography! The portrait (vertical) shot of the bush growing outside your door is especially wonderful.

    • derwandersmann

      August 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Strictly a chance observation … I believe it is privet or some relation; they are normally used to form hedges, but this one is quite tall. I had a privet hedge around my old place, and became quite familiar with the form of the leaves and the tiny blossoms. It grew quite tall in places, and I spent many hours on a ladder trimming the tops level.

      • Serola

        August 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        Oh Ligustrum! I think we don’t have them around here.

  9. pam

    August 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Gorgeous photos dW! I had a privet back in Phoenix, a small one, didn’t last through one of our scorching summers though. I think it needed a bit more shade than I’d given it. I really like the one with the red brick in the background. Makes a good contrast for the deep green leaves.

    Love the two baby goslings that look like they’re dancing on the sidewalk. So cute!

    • derwandersmann

      August 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Yes; they were in the start of a full-speed charge across the sidewalk, to get to the REALLY good grass on the other side. (It was greener, you know.)

  10. Harry...the Man!

    September 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    It sure looked like they enjoyed the attention of your lens. I was in a zoo earlier this year and the penguins on masse were walking up to pose for anyone with a camera. I also remember the Macaws and other parrot putting on an hourly show at Longleat. Are there any birds who aren’t massive show offs?

  11. nora116308

    April 4, 2015 at 12:11 am

    All of Your photos are really vey amazing, and that cat’s ones too. Is it Your cat? You must have the very good caMERA BEING ABLE TO TAKE SO GOOD PHOTOS.


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