gag·gle - n. A flock of geese. See Synonyms at flock1.
A cluster or group: A gaggle of photographers huddled on the
sidewalk beside a swelling crowd of onlookers (Gioia Diliberto).
[Middle English gagel, from gagelen, to cackle, probably of imitative
I can't believe that it's been a month since I uploaded an image
to the web. Time files, especially when you you are dealing with
various issues that at last, have come home to roost.
Financial fallout from several near brushes with disaster have
reappeared and there are some tax issues looming.
I have been quiet for as some nights have been sleepless, some
days have been speechless.
Sunday however, was a day of sunshine even though the thermometer
never rose above 16 degrees ( - 10 C). Mrs asked me if I wanted
to go to the symphony (insert suppressed yawn here) and I gave her
an emphatic "No Way." She asked about my plans and I suggested
a walk in the park to which she gave an emphatic "No Way, It's
WAY too cold."
I had thought that I would head on out and try to duplicate a photo
that I took last year when a finch landed on my outstretched hand.
Since the signs at the park say that one should not feed the wildlife,
I went to the local hardware store and bought 5 pounds of wild bird
seed. What, am I supposed to attract a finch with my looks?
I really only wanted a handful of seed, and since I did have some
extra, I decided to stop and share with a gaggle of ducks upstream
from the park where I was headed.
As the sun poked through the clouds I decided to try and capture
the luminescent green on the head of the male Mallard. I'm pretty
pleased with the quality of the images, but I'd like to go back
and use a tripod to see if I can't get some even sharper images.
Although we recently have had quite a bit of snow, the entire area
is suffering from drought conditions, with lake and river levels
down about 3 feet from normal.
Just on the other side of the bridge I spotted a couple of swans,
and I added the new telephoto converter to the camera so that I
would have the equivalent of 400mm lens.
As the swans swam closer, I spotted a couple of very large birds
in the marsh across the river, and so that you can see their relative
size, I've included an image of one of the swans in the foreground.
At first I suspected that I was looking at a couple of blue Heron's
and decided to cross the bridge to see if I could get a closer look.
Turns out that the camera can catch stuff I couldn't see. When
I brought the images home I was totally surprised to see the tufts
of red on the tops of the bird's head.
Anyhow.. I am really quite pleased how the new camera performs.
And speaking of performing, work is going really quite well - several
projects are in the works and so far in the last 6 weeks or so I've
gotten several thank you notes from the people I work with and one
vase full of fresh flowers from an appreciative client. That's all
Then today I got word that one of my closest friends and business
associates went in for an heart valve check up and they felt a lump
in his stomach during the routine pre-cath exam. The heart valve
issue has dropped to second place since he has a malignant humor.
Sometimes it just makes you wonder.
And then sometimes you get too close to the subject at hand and
it takes flight. The bird, a Sand Hill Crane, that turns out to
be Michigan's largest. Standing about 4 feet tall, it has a wingspan
of about 7 feet.
And speaking of flying away.... I got handed a rather plush "assignment"
just yesterday. It's nasty work, but someone has to do it. Turns
out that a new business venture has been approved for sale by the
folks in our office. Proper investment due diligence requires an
on-site visit, and since the director of investments couldn't attend,
I was given the offer.
The new boss graciously allowed for a "free day" to be
tacked on to the whole thing which turns due diligence trip into
a paid for (air fare at least) long weekend pre-due-diligence ski
Denver, how could they pick such a place?