Spent a few days with family in Mount Vernon, WA north of Seattle – such a treat for me to get to visit and see everyone before all go separate ways over and right after Christmas – some to the east Coast, some to Leavenworth and some skiing in Bend – the group I will join.  While the ladies and the boys went to see a production of The Nutcracker at the local college my brother-in-law and I made a trip to the farm fields in the Skagit River valley.  This time of year there are huge flocks of white geese, Snow and I think Ross’s, and additionally there are scattered gatherings of swans but no where near the same number.  Such beautiful birds.

We made a circuitous route on the farm roads stopping along fields that looked interesting and held birds.  The first stop was to photograph a group of swans in the midst of very noisy conversation.  Goose talk done with a lot of wing flapping – perhaps modeling Congress.

While I was looking at and photographing the birds on the ground Paul alerted me some coming in and luckily I was quick enough to get a shot of pair almost synced.

Following a wonderful holiday meal and some present opening – especially by some excited little ones – I slept well.  We went to breakfast the next morning with icy roads and fog hanging over the fields.  The plan was to go on to LaConner just to do some holiday looking – wonderful art galleries and a great little town.  However, on the way we ended up at the same fields from the day before and there was just a huge flock of snow geese.  They seemed relatively unconcerned with photographers and just lookers in general and in some cases were feeding very close to highway and walking right towards it.  Periodically they got spooked and would take off in a cloud of goose – Amazing@!! I don’t know how they found room to fly.  The image below if of one of the flights – it is not an abstract although it looks like one nor is it a Where’s Waldo game card!!  Be sure to click on the image to get a larger view – it is worth it.

They don’t go very far and seem to settle back near to where they lifted off and with morning light and a bit of fog they looked lovely just coming back to earth.

Wishing you all a great holiday season and again thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on these posts and view the images.  Very grateful.