Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Heading Back to the Briar Patch

Apology: for those of you who were expecting to find the Briar Patch Dictionary at this post, it no longer exists (there were only four words in it, anyway). I have withdrawn the acerbic Dictionary because it seemed to be taking me off the track of Making Disciples while Christ builds his Church.

However, the photos are too good to pass up, so here they are:Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, California
After farming and its supportive waterworks structures (1800-1931) had destroyed most of the wetlands of the central California flyway, this portion of the wetlands was reconstructed north of Sacramento on land of a former hunting club. This set of well-regulated lakes and dikes includes a three-mile auto loop (pedestrians not allowed) and a two-mile hiking trail. Most of my photos were taken out the window of my mom's car while on the auto loop. This photo was from the hiking trail. Out of the gentle murmers of placid waterfowl on a misty afternoon, suddenly ten thousand geese launched themselves into the sky simultaneously, with a sound not unlike a jet airplane passing overhead. I was so startled I almost forgot I was carrying a camera. Placid.
Below: A carpet of geese on the misty lake.


Rolin said...

Photos were taken November 16, 2007 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in California's central valley waterfowl flyway north of Sacramento. In November, 80,000 Ross' and Snow geese glide in to meet the grebes, kestrels, owls, hawks, pheasants, and quail already there. On the heels of northern winter storms, teal, mallards, swans, and as many as 200,000 northern pintail ducks arrive daily.

Mrs. Falstaff said...

I live in Ottawa, Canada. My usual route into downtown follows the Rideau canal. On day, I was driving, and I noticed a flock of Canada geese pacing my car as they were landing on the canal. They flew right at the same height as my window for a few seconds.