CRAZY GOOSE

by Laurie Madsen February. 02, 2019 249 views

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!
What the heck is a Canadian Goose doing in northern Minnesota this time of year?

Crazy Canadian Goose in Finlayson Minnesota on February 2 2019

Crazy Canadian Goose in Finlayson Minnesota on February 2 2019

At 3pm my husband and I hopped in the truck with our cameras, just to enjoy the beautiful warm up- it's suddenly 35 degrees F. The weather felt balmy after our -39 degree cold snap.

I stopped periodically so we could get out, we were just taking snapshots of 'mundane' things like reflections in the water.

Just Taking Pictures to Enjoy Todays Pleasant Weather

Just Taking Pictures to Enjoy Todays Pleasant Weather

Suddenly I heard sound in the water just north of where I shot this reflection. I looked up and saw a Canadian Goose swimming around the bend.

February in Minnesota Canadian Goose Surprised Me

February in Minnesota Canadian Goose Surprised Me

Needless to say I was pretty shocked as they don't usually arrive here until the spring thaw.

Either this goose is CRAZY or we are going to have an early spring. I hope for the latter, but fear it's the former...ONE CRAZY GOOSE!

We had lot's of fun surprises today on a short jaunt through our local countryside- such as this deer...

Gorgeous Doe Poses for a Shot

Gorgeous Doe Poses for a Shot

She was kind (or curious) enough to stay put for a moment.

We stopped at a roadside creek and I spotted a Ruffed Grouse eating buds on the tops of birch trees. She was quite a distance away, so I decided to try out the in camera tele-converter. I was not expecting to get one shot even remotely in focus as I had the 1.4 tele-converter on my lens. Nothing special, but I was surprised by the results.

Ruffed Grouse Eating Birch Buds

Ruffed Grouse Eating Birch Buds

A reflection photo

Good Practice

Good Practice

I ran out of things to take pictures of while waiting for my husband, so I took a few snapshots of

Cattails in Winter

Cattails in Winter

A Lonesome Cow Through the Truck Window While I Was Warming Up

A Lonesome Cow Through the Truck Window While I Was Warming Up

Close Up of Cattail

Close Up of Cattail

We ventured the long way home and came across a nice group of wild turkeys crossing the road. I stopped and my husband was able to capture some nice photos before they disappeared into the woods

Just down the road from there we spotted a bald eagle in a tree a bit off the road. My husband had a nice telephoto on his camera so we stopped, but it flew off before he could get out of the truck (the eagle, not the lens).

As we neared home, we noticed it was going to be an unusual sunset, so we stopped to grab a quick photo.

EERIE Sunset It was stranger than it looks

EERIE Sunset It was stranger than it looks

The sunset was eerie looking. I didn't quite capture how it looked.

As the sun set on our day we were both happy with the variety of sightings on our short little trip. We learned to expect the unexpected!

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Pete 1 year, 1 month ago

Looks like a very nice trip was had. some awesome photos

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 1 month ago

Another beautiful set! It was nice to see your crazy goose. smile   And that sunset in #10 is stunning!

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks Bethany!
The sunset was more stunning (very very strange) than the picture turned out.
I took my hubby out this afternoon to get pictures of our scenic "winter wonderland"
everything is covered in hoarfrost!
I just posted a blog with some close ups of the frost. Tomorrow I am going to post my favorite pics from our outing!

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Russell Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

It looks like it was a beautiful venture into the woods.

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

It truly was!
We went on another one today..Our world is covered in beautiful hoarfrost!
And pheasants, eagles & turkeys on this trip
Fog rolled in again tonight and covered the trees again with hoarfrost (it melted just before dusk)
Looks like I know what I will be doing in the AM!

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Björn Roose 1 year, 1 month ago

About the goose: might just be a smart goose. Occassionally birds just don't move out and in with the others, but decide there's food enough for them to survive if the others are not there. Or it just missed the moment to move out with the flock. Or it was wounded and is still healing. They don't really mind the cold anyway smile

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 1 month ago

Bjorn, it has to be CRAZY- Who would decide to live here OUTSIDE where it just dipped -39 degrees for days-LOL. 
It is living where the water is running and open, so I'm sure it has food.
I also thought of it being injured and having to stay. 
It sure was a day of the unexpected though!
Thanks for your comments and likes, I sure appreciate it!

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Bill Baird 1 year, 1 month ago

Great set !

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks Bill, it was FUN!

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 1 month ago

that sounds like a wonderful day.. so nice that your fella has the same interest in photography as you. great set of photos.. 
soooo my kind of day!

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 1 month ago

It was wonderful!
That is how we met, I was giving free photography lessons to local enthusiasts. We formed a camera club. He was a student....
Have a outing with your fella and take pics. Even if it's doing something he loves, and you take the camera with!
I'd love to see your captures!

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