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Old Oct 23, 2005, 12:34 PM   #1
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These are the "Greater Snow Goose," a relatively uncommon Goose, not to be confused with its smaller West Coast relative, the Lesser Snow Goose. Most of them Winter of Chesapeake bay, but some stay in Long Island and occasionally show up in Brooklyn. These birds were passing through...

In these shots, they came out of the Sun, and the first shots were over exposed and by the time I conpensated, the last were under exposed. Such is life....

A word on seeing the Snow Goose. On a light cloudy day, to see these birds fly is a mythical surreal experience. The Black on their wings is not visible in flight. They seem to pop in and out of existance, as if one had taken far too much booze or drugs. A photograph CANNOT do them justice.


[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SNOWG1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SNOWG3.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SNOWG4.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SNOWG5.JPG[/img]

These are the first returning Brandts Geese and unlike the Snowy's will spend the winter right here in tropical Brooklyn.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BRANDT1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BRANDT2.JPG[/img]


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Thanks for sharing these, Dave. We hear quite often about the snow-goose, but I've never seen pictures of them, so.. your story of the surreal image is enough to imagine what they would look like.:!:
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Thanks for sharing these, Dave. We hear quite often about the snow-goose, but I've never seen pictures of them, so.. your story of the surreal image is enough to imagine what they would look like.:!:
It's hard to describe. I was truly fortunate that my first view of these birds, three years ago, was on a light overcast day - perfect weather for them.

I couldn't believe my eyes. They were about a hundred yards off - Big Birds mind you - six foot wingspans. And they came over the marsh and one second I would see them, and then they would vanish - poping in and out of my vision. It's an optical trick caused by their black wing tips. The beating wings must match some brain receptor. Others have told me they had the same experience...

Here's a poem I wrote on the subject:

Ethereal Wings of Light

They came over the Marsh
on a day
solid with light clouds.

First, a distant glow, self lit,
glowing as one would believe in angels,
flickering,
A melody of sight
A vision of purity
A display of the spiritual.

And they were real!
Flickering in and out of my vision
Impossible to actually see
and impossible to photograph
The Snow Geese were flying by.

An impression of beauty
vivid,
So vivid that no camera
can capture their beauty
No description can touch their
flickering light.

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Awesome, Dave.
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Ethereal Wings of Light

They came over the Marsh
on a day
solid with light clouds.

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First, a distant glow, self lit,
glowing as one would believe in angels,
flickering,
A melody of sight
A vision of purity
A display of the spiritual.

And they were real!
Flickering in and out of my vision
Impossible to actually see
and impossible to photograph
The Snow Geese were flying by.

An impression of beauty
vivid,
So vivid that no camera
can capture their beauty
No description can touch their
flickering light.

Beautiful, dave !!
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Old Oct 24, 2005, 8:47 AM   #6
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cool shots:-)
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