Had our first hard freeze of the Fall on Saturday November 11 so figured this would be another good opportunity to give the Canon 100L IS f2.8 lens another workout attached to the Canon 5D Mark II. For me the freeze brings out such dramatic details, patterns and structure in the fallen leaves. The macro images are all 3 exposure blends, blended in photoshop CS6 along with Nik and Topaz filters.
After the morning macro shoot my beautiful wife and I headed up to the Skagit Valley (about 60 miles north of Seattle) to see if the annual migration of Canada Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans had arrived. During the winter months in the Skagit Valley thousands upon thousands of Canada Snow Geese and hundreds of Trumpeter Swans from as far as the islands off Russia take winter residency in the rich agricultural fields located throughout the valley.
It truly is a sight to see and hear hundreds of snow geese taking off from a field together flying wing tip to wing tip in formation and yet never colliding into each other, it truly is a sight and lesson to be seen in communication and beauty.
I can not recommend enough if you are in the Seattle area between Mid November and late February one really owes it to themselves to head on up to the Skagit Valley to witness first hand the beauty of the Canada Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans.
Looking for food during the winter months in the Skagit Valley
Of Washington State
Rich agricultural fields of the Skagit Valley
And other information gathered by biologists
Geese keep while flying from field to field
Adds such a nice dramatic look and feel
Textures, patterns and structures in the
Fallen Fall leaves
Perfect harmony in the Skagit Valley about 60 miles north of
Seattle, WA best months Mid-Nov through Late Feb
f2.8 lens almost looks like sugar coated leaves