26
Mar
10

Black-capped Chickadee

Trying to get a photo of something as small and energetic as a Black-capped Chickadee can prove as futile as trying to photograph the wind. 

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I thought about different ways to convey the sense of how windy and cold it was here yesterday.  The way the water rippled in the marsh?  Maybe, but that didn’t convey the coldness of the wind-chill.  Taking a picture and composing a picture are two very different critters.  Technically, I’m fine with the pictures I get, but not fine with their composition.  How do you convey a sense of cold?  of windiness?  when dust or leaves or snow isn’t being blown around?  The picture below doesn’t show the windiness but it does show how an animal reacts to the windy cold.  When I think of Canadian Geese I think of a hardy animal capable of enduring biting cold and bitter winds. 

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Normally, a goose will sleep with their head on their back so they can keep an eye on potential predators.  This goose is resting with its head underneath to keep it out of the wind.  The constant wind at about fifteen to twenty-five miles per hour, pushed already low temperatures in the forties to below freezing with the wind-chill.  When I finished taking these pictures my fingers were numb with cold and I was there less than a half an hour.

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