This morning was a wakeup call for me and my attempts at taking pictures. There had to be a couple of thousand Snow Geese flying north over out little farm and these are my shots:
Pretty pitiful – but there are 2 major things wrong pertaining to these pictures:
1) Winning a great Nikon D3200 Camera with extra DX lens does not make one an instant expert photographer
2) All the Snow Geese flying north on March 3, 2016 is way abby-normal!
The first one I can fix by actually taking classes (I think they even have some online under Nikon?) to learn how to take better pics. I could also splurge on a neat little video camera (Walmart has several to choose from, at pretty reasonable prices), then I could have also shared the cool sounds they were making with you.
The second one is the thought that worries me a bit. This winter has been way to different, and I don’t think it’s just here in Colorado. It’s normal to get 70 degrees one day and 30 the next from October through January, but to get 60+ and stay there IN FEBRUARY – and no Freeze at all – now that’s just not normal. We prep all year for the one to two week period of below freezing day and night, not this year.
Have I also told you that I am an amateur Nature Enthusiast? I say amateur because I have never taken formal classes on the subject; however, I have lived on a working farm most of my life (My folks purchased the family farm when I was about 2, and my sister was born after we moved there so she has been at it since birth).
I am fascinated with all things nature and natural. The critters that show up unexpectedly in our yard (can you say opossum!). The deer that come out of the woods almost every sunset to frolic in the lower pasture (especially love watching in spring as they chase each other all around till dark). The increasing numbers of good bugs that are showing up here every year (Praying Mantis, Ladybugs, Monarch Butterflies – and some are endangered species). We do not use chemicals of any kind on our property, so maybe we have become the Favorite Bug Restaurant for the good guys (I can only hope!)? Who knows why they come, I’m just glad the come.
The numbers of sightings have increase about 10-fold since we purchased our little property in 2000. Then again we cannot take all the credit, the first 3 years we were here were the worst drought years Colorado had seen in 100+ years. That may have been a contributing factor (oh sure, blame the drought). However, all I know is that they are here now and in growing numbers.
So the geese flying north in masses makes me wonder what old (yes she is “old”) Mother Nature is up to now?
Is she in a playful mood and deciding to bring a nice early spring? Is she in a vengeful mood and going to trick us into thinking it is nice, then zap us with a wicked deep freeze in April (after everything is in bloom of course – happened before and not long ago.)? I cannot blame her for wanting revenge, we the people have abused her for too long. Some of us (wish there were more- boo hoo) have actually been trying to help her all our lives.
I guess there’s no way to predict what she’s up too, so we will just keep doing what we do – garden naturally, and hope for the best!
Maybe I will put a totem up for her in the gardens to try to appease her – how’s this?