Bath Time at Webster Pond

A Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) taking his bath time seriously.  I watched him for over half an hour and he was still going at it when I left.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) bathing himself at Webster Pond south of Syracuse, New York.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) bathing himself at Webster Pond south of Syracuse, New York. Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/1250s, f/5.6, ISO 720, EV 0, 400mm focal length.

Reminded me of this idiom from A League of Their Own when Jimmy Dugan (played by Tom Hanks) says, “Well, anything worth doing is worth doing right.”  I’ll leave it up to the reader to find out what he was referring to. 😉  Idioms are the subject of Karma’s October Photo Hunt challenge.  I have two I will use and am still in search of a third.  Anyone have a suggestion?

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22 Responses to Bath Time at Webster Pond

  1. Barbara says:

    What a great action shot – although it looks more like he’s baring his soul to the sun god than bathing! He even looks a little worried! 🙂

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  2. Karma says:

    I love the action shot too! Beautiful focus.
    As far as another idiom, since you were thinking of “A League of Their Own” how about “There’s no crying in baseball!” 😉

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  3. Never saw that movie, so I have NO idea. It’s a great shot, love that you can see the water droplets flying.
    Just saw on Karen’s post that you only have TWO?! I already took pictures of seven (one of those I probably won’t use… not happy with it), and I have ideas for three more! Check out those links that Karen posted, that’s where I got most of my ideas.

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  4. Wonderful picture and pose ! like Barbara I think this goose is welcoming the morning sun on his wings. A great moment you captured.

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  5. Still need ideas for Karen’s photo hunt? How about “living on the edge”?

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  6. Maggie says:

    Great picture! There is something comical about it.

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  7. Sybil says:

    Wonderful image I love Canada Geese !

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  8. flandrumhill says:

    Scott, those blue shadows on the goose are pretty nice. I’m always amazed at how much birds seem to enjoy their baths.

    ‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating’ would go well with images of any of the food eating contests you photographed at the fall fairs.

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  9. Kathy says:

    Oh when those birds open their feathers and the camera captures it…my heart beats swifter. Thanks for sharing! (And the idiom, too.)

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  10. milkayphoto says:

    Such grace and beauty! Love the blue reflections in the green-ish water and the soft light on the goose.

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  11. truels says:

    What a super shot you got of this Canada Goose while it performs for you 😉
    And thanks for your inspiration from your posts about “Blue hour” – I have been using this several times, – did you see one of them in my previous post?!

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  12. Nye says:

    He is beautiful, I think he is trying to attract the geese at the pond. Did he call out Koo Koo also? 🙂

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