Stark in Winter

Longwood GardensChester, Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens
Chester, Pennsylvania

This morning I’m heading up for a great field trip. Heading just north of Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, my destination is Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Middle Creek is renowned for the thousands of snow geese that migrate via the Atlantic Flyway and stay for several weeks refueling. Waiting for a strong stiff wind from the south to boost their final leg to the north, these snow geese fill the lake waters and skies.

The last count from February 28, 2013 were 50,000 snow geese along with Tundra Swans, a variety of ducks and all sorts of other little birdy goodies. This will truly be an experience of a life time. The 500mm is packed as well as lots of thermal wear as the temperatures and winds are brisk.

Hope you have a great Sunday and tune in tomorrow for an visit to Middle Creek with me. Bella


This tree was captured along the entrance walkway at Longwood Gardens, and intrigued me with its unique structure. Appearing to be quite old, this tree greets all visitors to Longwood.

Edited in Color Efex Pro. Full detail extractor, B&W conversion high contrast. Lightroom edits: exposure +.49, clarity +22.

Canon 7d, 24-105mm f4.0 L. 1/60 sec at f/5.6 ISO 100, Cloudy white balance.

30 thoughts on “Stark in Winter

  1. The tree is almost scary! I hope that you take lenses other than your 500 mm, I’m tempted to tell you the story of my dad, his homemade adapter to mount a spotting scope to his camera, and mountain sheep so tame that they would almost let us pet them. πŸ˜‰

      • It was a trip to the Canadian Rockies. We decided to hike one of the trails up a smaller mountain. Everything my dad had heard about mountain goats and sheep was that they were very shy, and hard to photograph because no one ever saw them close up. To save wait while climbing the mountain, my dad took his camera and spotting scope rig. When we reached the top of the mountain, the sheep all gathered around us, apparently, people often feed them. So, there’s my dad with his spotting scope rig on his camera, and all the sheep were too close for him to photograph with that set up, so he never got a single photo of a sheep that day. Luckily, we ran into other herds on that trip.

  2. Black and white. Beautiful. I was just talking to my sister I want to know how I can utilize the hand me down camera and take a picture in B&W. I’m really tecky challenged on this gadget. Looking forward to see the geese. I just heard the geese having a fly by.

  3. Medusa tree. I am envious of your birding trip. I was fortunate enough a couple of years ago (primarily due to the heavy snow melt and being in the right place at the right time!) to see an estimated 100,000+ snow geese in flight near Long Lake NWR. I got a couple of shots but it was so dense with geese that it somehow didn’t look real.

    • Medusa Tree. Is that the official name? Don’t know why I didn’t get the name of the tree when I saw it. It is true, photographing so many snow geese is difficult. I bet you loved seeing them in Long Lake NWR. Can you imagine how many geese there are on this continent?

  4. I have gotten more into bird migration this year. I am on the Pacific Coast flyway and have come to really appreacte tboth the process and the amazing creatures that make this trek .

    Your black and white photo is very enjoyable thank you for sharing the phot and your information.

  5. Terrific image Emily. I have not been to Longwood Gardens since high school which was a couple years ago. πŸ˜› πŸ˜€
    Hope you have a great time at the WMA.

    • Hi Phil ! yes, I’m sure it was just 2000 when you graduated from Longwood gardens. πŸ˜‰
      Took hubby with me today, so felt a bit rushed, but I got lucky and watched three flushed of the geese. It was amazing! Met some Chinese photojournalists who live in New York, but publish in China.

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