I took this image on the way into town on Sunday morning. It’s more about texture than about anything else really, but it does reveal two items of local interest, both concerning the stirrings of spring. The first is the welcome return of Canada Geese (the title of this post is the genus of this beautiful animal) and, the second is the red blush of anticipation in the trees. It has warmed up a bit – the pond is now free of ice and we’ve got only one of the two wood stoves running. I’ll keep the cameras at the ready to capture the turning of these rich river-bottom soils which should occur in the next week or two if we don’t get any more rain.


21 thoughts on “Branta

  1. I nearly missed some of your awesome images and stories – such as this one – as the WordPress reader seems not to display all the articles from blogs I follow. So I am following also via e-mail now!

    • That’s weird. I know that Maruice (from Canada) also follows your blog … he reported that WordPress had dropped me from his list of blog-follows … and he stopped receiving notifications of new posts. He had to resubscribe as a follower? I’m not sure what’s up with WordPress … the instability is a bit worrisome? Thanks for keeping track of things! D

  2. Gorgeous! The trees in the foreground look like they’re on fire, like spring is literally about to ignite the landscape. Your photos always bring out the most wonderful (literal and figurative) imagery.

  3. There is something lonely/barren about this image for me. I think I go back in my old head to somewhere in the NC mountains or coming out of them toward the Piedmont. I can’t quite figure it out. The image is early spring to me too. That time when the air is cold and the world is unfriendly. Why I think that I don’t know. Beautiful textures and colors as you said. Tell Miss Eleanore e. Ssmith to leave her name as is. Nobody will forget her! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi George. Thanks for the memories (as they say). We had a rude return to winter overnight with 4-5″ of wet white stuff! The low pressure of the passing storm brought on the lambs though … three last evening and five more over night! Nice to hear from you once again. D

  4. Beautiful symmetry here and love the bold, contrasting colors. Looks like somewhere out west and not in rural PA!
    How’s the baby girl lamb doing? Have you named her?

    • She’s still with us. We’re leaving for VT/NH today and she’ll be in the good hands of our farm sitter. I just hope that there are no new arrivals that need similar attention in our absence. This is a tough time to be leaving. Anyway, we have not named her yet – wanted to be good and sure that she was going to be OK before we did that. She is much stronger and taking the bottle well but I don’t think she’s actually had a drink from Mom yet. Perhaps she’s already gotten to used to being bottled. D

  5. Your Canadian Geese actually leave? Ours hang around all winter and become rather a nuisance in certain areas. It has been one of the disillusionments of my adult hood to see our local geese, not flying like shaped arrows north and south, guided by some mysterious force of generations of migration, but headed, willy nilly, back and forth across the county all winter long in their little misshapen formations. They are like retired military pilots, remembering better days, hopping back into the air, pulling out in remembered formation, achieving a momentary glory but with no place to go, and no reason for the achievement. Sigh …

    • Ha! Love it. Yes, ours do seem to take off for the winter. We hear them depart in the fall and then again when they return about this time. Quite distinct. Also, just finished the paper on Women of the Shetland Isles. I liked it very much though am of the opinion that the writer could have used a good editor – there were a number of redundancies. Be that as it may I thought there were a number of points and anecdotes that were memorable. Gives me a whole new angle on the business of spinning and knitting and its role in that particular sector of society at that particular time. I was amazed that wool (in particular) and spun wool were such hot commodities to be the objects of theft and deceit! Who would have thought? Thanks for sending it along – it is now in Joanna’s pile of things-to-read. D

      • Glad you liked the article – I loved the bits about how the community policed itself around the tallies of favors owed and paid, and the ‘transgressive’ acts (see what new words I’ve learned in grad school – I’m a big girl!). Back to birds, I just saw and heard the first cranes of the season in Lafayette returning 2 weeks ago. This week is spring break and we are in Florida, seeing pelicans, gulls, sandpipers, dolphins and Barbara Walker. Chilly but sunny today and we are off to the Sarasota Aquarium ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Not a peck of snow to be seen. Want some of ours? Where I live we rarely put crops in the ground before June – always a risk of frost and sometimes even after then! Short little growing season but potatoes, carrots, turnips (rutabagas actually), radishes, cabbage and lettuce can be coaxed along with a little kelp and caplin (tiny fish that roll ashore to spawn and which are then collected in cast nets) for fertilizer.

    • Why did I assume you were inland? All the images which have accompanied your recent series of posts have shown the sea and islands … why did I not put two and two together and conclude that you lived by the ocean? I must be slow. This now provides a new perspective. You are lucky, in many ways, to live by the ocean. I grew up along the New England coast and have now been land-locked for far too long. Thanks for checking in. D

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