Gray Coast: Missing Smug Mug...
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|The area where I live - Atlantic View - is also know as the "Gray Coast"...|
Some days are diamonds some days are stones
Sometimes a cold wind blows a chill in my bones
Some days are diamonds some days are stones. John Denver
In the past I have shared shots with you that show moments when it looks like the "Gold Coast"
< no thanx, not a reference to a resident!!! >,
but today I want to share what it looks like here when the sunset happens without any gold!
I walked to the mailbox with a buddy and noticed a number of ducks sheltering where a brook empties into the Atlantic Ocean...
These are ducks of "all stripes" but most are extremely leary at this time. [ More on that later. ] So even though I got a few shots that were not hundreds of yards away, most shots are not suitable as a "I shöt a döck" at clse range shot...
So instead a seascape/landscape WITH ducks, for these are special ducks! They are a trio of female hooded mergansers... But their "smug mug döck" is missing, he took off in a different direction! The male that is. [ To be seen in another shot, I hope! ]
To the left in this photo is the tip of Big Island < current residence of an eagle; hence the shifty ducks! > In the distance is the Isle of Man. And yes this is again the Atlantic Ocean, not deep blue, but boring gray, eh, a mere reflection of the dull sky.
Photo shot at 16:20...
For the birds: Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
"Hooded Mergansers ducks have a crest at the back of the head which can be expanded or contracted. In adult males, this crest has a large white patch, the head is black and the sides are reddish brown. The adult female has a reddish crest, with much of the rest of the head and body a greyish-brown. The Hooded Merganser has a sawbill but is not classified as a typical merganser."
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- [2007-02-09 15:54]
Your being negative, this looks like the silver coast. Alberta is the white plains finally. Your capture is nice with the chilly looking atmosphere and the merganzers.
Thanks for sharing.
Well, maybe NOT the "GOLD coast", but I'd think it COULD be the "Cold Coast", what with the white ice on Thumbcap in the background.....
At any rate, it is a first-rate photo, and the mergansers only add to the NS slogan, "Canada's Ocean Playground".....
Very nicely shot!!
- [2007-02-09 17:12]
They look all hunched up and as chilly as can be! Thanks to your POV, they also look very lost! That huge ocean and those three little ones ... ... Oh My!
The scene looks so grey that I suspect you're trying to fend off other would-be visitors and settlers, Mr. Meeuwig!
Your right it is a grey day Jay. The colours are cool and I like how the trees at the top of the page keep you eyes focused onto the Mergansers. Burrr
Nice cool looking shot.
- [2007-02-10 4:40]
Lovely seascape.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,exposure and visual impact are also excellent.Have a great weekend!
- [2007-02-27 15:27]
Hi Jay. A very fine composition showing a very natural part of the coast without any huts or houses. The grey colour is refreshingly clean and crisp. Including the ducks is a bonus and very interesting note. TFS. Murray.