Montana Outdoors

January 21, 2008

“Not me!”

Filed under: Birds, Canadian goose, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 7:15 pm

You go first!”

Canadian geese

(It was -9º F this morning.)

December 6, 2007

“Me and my shadow”

When I first saw this guy on the river yesterday I thought there would be no chance to get a shot at him, especially with the brush between us, but I really wanted to get both the goose and his shadow, so I tried. After about half an hour I was able to convince him I wasn’t there and was able to ever so slowly move into position. It’s unusual to see a single goose and also for him to stand in the water like that along this stretch of the river.

Canadian goose

Canadian goose

December 10, 2006

The thirteenth goose

Filed under: Canadian goose, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Poetry, Writing — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:08 pm

Early this morning a flight of Canadian geese could be seen over the river in their familiar “V” pattern, but this time something was not right: instead of even pairs, there were only thirteen. These beautiful big birds mate for life, and if one loses its mate, it will usually take another the following year, but seeing an uneven number in a “V” during the winter has always held a moment of sadness for me.

So, for the thirteenth goose, this:

The beat of gray wings
on a cold gray sky,
and a space in the “V”
for a time gone by.
Your life-mate is gone
and the winter is long:
there’s a void in your life
and a tear in your song.
I know your sorrow,
or if sorrow’s not known.
the loneliness;
feathered grief of its own.
When the grass next turns green
and the gray sky turns blue,
a new life-mate, then,
is my fain for you.

(I seldom attempt poetry, and I think now the reason for that is obvious.)

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