31 Aug 15. Daughter Jennifer gave me an issue of National Geographic a couple of weeks back that contained an article about Death Valley that she thought I might enjoy reading and I did although it wasn't nearly as interesting a piece of writing as I think it could have been having been stationed for our 3rd tour at NWC China Lake which put Death Valley virtually at our door step. As such, we made several trips to see it but not enough of them and I'm more than ready to go again. Also contained in the issue of NG was an article about how fast the oceans are rising with some computer model printouts and another article on how hunters are saving wildlife which was the best, and longest, article in the issue. I more than laughed at the GW article and then, while writing this tonight, picked up the magazine as I wanted to check out part of what I want to feature tonight and noticed the date on the magazine; 2007. Right about now I'd be willing to bet the author of the ocean rising article would like to forget just about everything he wrote. But it was the article on the hunters that is behind today's submission. One section of that article dealt with Snow Geese, and how they are beginning to multiply out of control and how it is that the hunters who are thinning them out, in lieu of natural predators, are keeping the flocks healthy, or at least a lot more healthy than they would be were their numbers not being culled. That brought to mind my youth when the deer in WA state were not being sufficiently culled and you could drive up into the mountainous areas and see starving deer all over. Not something one likes to see and certainly not a healthy situation for the deer. Now, with better "management," one doesn't see such things. But there are still plenty of deer, as there are more than plenty of Snow Geese. I've shared many shots of the geese from Fir Island, and this is another shot from that area. This time it has a bit of a different look in that not all of the geese are in flight trying to confuse some winged predator but instead, taking a rather nonchalant approach to the entire issue. Another aspect that is different is that I've not filled the entire frame with the geese allowing for a better perspective of where they reside; prime real estate with a view. But the most interesting aspect of these photos is that the geese flying in these amazingly tight formations, never collide, even when making tight turns reversing direction. I've spent dozens of hours watching them and then simply never bump one another! Zoom in to 100% and look at how close they are to one another. While I was working this image up both the large and small versions looked fine on my graphic box screen. That didn't hold true on the screen on this mail box so I'm going with the smaller version for both lists.
The base image was slightly cropped, given a wee bit of micro contrast enhancement, and finally given a little noise reduction to offset the contrast adjustment in the sky. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/500 sec @ f /10.