Sunday, July 1, 2012

Canada Day Regatta

 Look! It's a regatta! And we've got front-row seats, young and old together. If you look closely, especially if you click to enlarge the photo, you'll note the downiness that indicates the seated chaps are this year's chicks. In fact, you really should enlarge these photos simply to enjoy the dreaminess of colourful spinnakers painted across the horizon, beckoning across the grey mist . . . .


 Some are content to stay and watch, but others venture off to do their own sailing . . .
 A little watching,
 A little snoozing,
 A little paddling,
 All on a misty grey summer's day . . . .  This last one is my favourite photo of all, have a look. . . .
Happy Canada Day, my friends! From me and our worldwide ambassadors, the Canada geese. . .

13 comments:

  1. Your photos have captured the day perfectly. It's misty and moist here and we'll have a lazy day - nothing as energetic as a sail or a swim. A quiet Canada Day is in order, but we'll have a bit of a celebration nonetheless.... a nice walk,a glass of wine, a special dinner...avoiding the crowds this year after re-thinking the idea of going to the legislature.

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    1. I have no interest in joining Canada Day crowds, but it's nice to know there's a celebratory mood all around. Sounds as if you had a pleasant day as well. but misty and moisty indeed.

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  2. Happy Canada Day! To you and yours.

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  3. Happy Canada Day! Those geese seem to be in the spirit of things. The proximity to the natural world, it's such a joy.

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  4. Were the geese making a racket for the holiday? We have a few at my mother's place at the lake and they are NOISY creatures.

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    1. They can be quite noisy -- and sometimes a bit intimidating when I'm swimming and they're feeling territorial! My biggest complaint against them, though, is what they do to a field of grass -- messy!

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  5. We had geese nesting on the rooftop of a highrise across the street this year. I nearly had a fit with worry when a gosling was born and it looked like the family had no food or water up there. I called Wildlife Rescue because the parents had vacated to another nearby roof and left the gosling, which was teetering precariously along the ledge of the building. I screamed in my head, Don't jump! Don't jump! Wildlife Rescue assured me they're SUPPOSED to jump and can survive jumps up to 10 stories. I'm glad I was saved from my own idiocy. Happy Canada Day (yesterday)!

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    1. Too funny! Had no idea they nested on highrises, but the story about the parents moving on makes me think about the heron rookery here. By the end of the season, the parents are doing everything they can to get the fledglings out of the nest and flapping those wings -- and the young'uns are as reluctant to leave home as a late adolescent clinging to mom's laundry room. . .

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  6. I love watching the geese (is there any part of Canada from which we cannot see them?) Happy Canada Day!

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    1. And, of course, we've seen them in europe as well -- they are definitely our ambassadors, noise, poop, good looks and all . . .

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  7. OH my I think I lost my comment. Love the pictures of the geese. I could watch for hours when the opportunity arises. Happy belated Canada Day!

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    1. It's pulse-slowing, isn't it, wildlife-viewing. . . .

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