Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England



Not Goostrey, but a goose and a tree.


Shall we talk about the weather? The great British preoccupation, well overseas readers we are in our element, for there is no escaping it;  the weather is every where and snow and ice  are an issue across the country, we’ve got off fairly lightly up until now I think..


Our boys are very disappointed in the new snow tyres we have on the Landrover, because it means we can get them to school, whether they like it or not (well  for a while after the service bus has given up at any rate.)

I walked home from work today, having set off I started to question my judgement. But I feel better for getting out and about and I only fell over once. These geese provided an aside, I heard them coming before I could see them; they are skein of black slashes across the second field, coming into land.

geese, incoming-1

The landing seemed less graceful than the approach,

Landing party-1

This shot is more than a little grainy, but I think it is worthwhile showing you a close up, were they not expecting the fence?

goose fence crash-1

So what can they eat, when the grass is snow covered, do they dig down to the grass to graze?

geese, and field barn-1


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “Goose-Tree

  1. Oh wonderful images – I adore geese – we kept them for the best part of 20 years and sadly said goodbye to Jo, the remaining gander June 2010 The hours of enjoyment I received from simply watching him in the paddock was totally imeasureable! Another day behind the locked doors over here on moors! Still not complaining – coal arrived for the Aga and Oil for central heating – we have supplies oh and did I mention we have rather a nice bottle of rose for later! Button down the hatches captain! lol!

  2. These are gorgeous–very effective in sepia–and the geese are hilarious. I expect they got distracted, gabbling away at each other as they do. That’s, um, what happens to Miss Sadie, the Cowboy and me. Next thing you know we’re tangled up in the burdock.

    Sorry you fell over. Probably the result of laughing at the geese.

  3. Yes, good pictures. I too am fond of geese (well, most animals, actually).

    We see Canada geese quite often as most cities seem to have sedentary populations of them these days. In a sense, that makes even more mysterious the behaviour of the wild ones. Seeing a flock of birds flying together, I often wonder how and why: is one of them the leader (and, if so, how are instructions conveyed?) or if not, how is it that they decide to go together where it is they go. Surely, anyone who has seen a cloud of starlings, wheeling and rising and falling must have the same questions.

    Maybe the leader of your Canada geese needs spectacles and failed to see the fence in time. Humans are not the only animals who miscalculate, you know. The cat rolling softly off the top of the TV reminds us of this 🙂

  4. I love these photos. Great job. A distraction from the weather.

  5. Beautiful photos – except the one of the geese falling down on landing – that’s a funny one. The other day I was walking and there were a ton of geese in the river. They heard a boat coming and all tried to fly away, only one must have hit a tree and belly flopped on the ground right in front of me. I don’t know which one of us was more surprised.

  6. Oh my goodness this is so awesome …love the photo of them flying toward camera ……

  7. A wonderful photo of goose-tree 🙂 It’s classic looking. Such a good contrast with the white snow, and brown/black Canada geese in all of the photos. Being a Canadian, I’m a bit embarrassed that they looked such twits when landing! LOL

  8. At least the geese mamaged to land, which is more than can be said for any aircraft heading for Edinburgh ….

  9. Hey! That’s OUR snow! Give it back! I live in Wisconsin and can still see bare ground!

  10. Looking on the bright side – the weather has allowed you to produce some wonderful close-up and landscape photographs. I tried to select one favourite shot, but failed – they’re all great.

  11. These are amazing, gorgeous winter scenes.

    I had to call my husband over to see the geese that had hit the fence (since he has fought a lot of battles to keep the geese out of our pond). And to think, maybe all we needed was a fence. lol!

  12. I hope none of them were hurt when they hit the fence! We are starting to get Canada geese here. There are plenty of stubble fields about for them to feed. They hang out at the playa lake at the end of the street, and they are always coming and going. The kitties get so excited watching them go over.

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