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To My American Friends

To My American Friends
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-26 16:20
Viewed: 4067
Points: 26
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Hi All,
The United States celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow so here is two Wild Turkeys for all my American Friends here on TrekNature. Captured on a foggy day a few years back, these Turkeys were feeding in the lodgepole pine forest at Cypress Hills. Once considered for the national bird these birds have very beautiful plumage in the right lighting, but they have faces only another turkey could love. So a hearty Happy Thanksgiving my neighbors and friends.

Thanksgiving Day , legal holiday in the U.S., first celebrated in early colonial times in New England. The actual origin, however, is probably the harvest festivals that are traditional in many parts of the world Festivals and Feasts. After the first harvest was completed by the Plymouth colonists in 1621, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer, shared by all the colonists and neighboring Native Americans. The Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock held their Thanksgiving in 1621 as a three day "thank you" celebration to the leaders of the Wampanoag Indian tribe and their families for teaching them the survival skills they needed to make it in the New World. It was their good fortune that the tradition of the Wampanoags was to treat any visitor to their homes with a share of whatever food the family had, even if supplies were low. It was also an amazing stroke of luck that one of the Wampanoag, Tisquantum or Squanto, had become close friends with a British explorer, John Weymouth, and had learned the Pilgrim's language in his travels to England with Weymouth.
After the first New England Thanksgiving the custom spread throughout the colonies, but each region chose its own date. In 1789 George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed November 26 a day of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving day continued to be celebrated in the United States on different days in different states until Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Godey's Lady's Book, decided to do something about it. For more than 30 years she wrote letters to the governors and presidents asking them to make Thanksgiving Day a national holiday.

Finally, in 1863, President Lincoln issued a White House proclamation calling on the "whole American people" wherever they lived to unite "with one heart and one voice" in observing a special day of thanksgiving. Setting apart the last Thursday of November for the purpose, the President urged prayers in the churches and in the homes to "implore the interposition of the almighty had to heal the wounds of the nations and to restore it...to full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and union." He also states that they express heartfelt thanks for the "blessing of fruitful fields and healthful skies."

In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt advanced Thanksgiving Day one week. However, since some states used the new date and others the old, it was changed again 2 years later. Thanksgiving Day is now celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
The first formal celebration of Thanksgiving in North America was held by an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who attempted to establish an English settlement on Baffin Island, after failing to discover a northern passage to the Orient in 1576. Canada established the second Monday in October as a national holiday, "a day of general thanksgiving," in 1957.

In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the middle of the 19th century many other states also celebrated a Thanksgiving Day. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of thanksgiving. Since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, usually designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday.
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-26 16:29]

Hi Rick,

Thank you, my Canadian friend, for the turkeys and the Happy Thanksgiving wishes. It was nice of the one to pose for you while the second one obviously ignored both you and your camera. The fog does not interfere with the the splendor of the big bird with the wonderful plummage. He is giving thanks for living north of the border and not being served for dinner.


You're a cleaver man Rick...I was ...well to be humble..and truly..I got one from the local food bank on Tuesday...things continue on a downhill for me financially...but if I were back in the wilderness..I would not let it get me down..I had them all over the place year around! and we only had one official to cover a VERY large county...and ya know what? I bought from Scwanns...it is a local US outfit...oh well thanks for the nice memories..

Hi Rick,
this is a most welcome and enjoyable view you have offered up today and your included note is a very good and informative read as well.The softness of the light due to the fog is very impacting and makes the image look mellow and peaceful and the details are all well captured.I like the point of view the crop has given this view,a view that is atmospheric and now another for my favorites theme.Thanks for giving us all yet another superb image and to all you Americans who are reading this-Happy Thanksgiving Day.Looks like the turkey diner is on Mr. Price. Bob

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-26 20:38]

Hello Rick,

You have made an interesting photo with the two wild turkeys in theyr natural environment. It is interesting for me becouse I have seen these birds only as domestic ones. You have captured well the foggy weather rendering a fine atmosphere in the photo.

Thank you for sharing,

The feather and plumage patterns and colors on these wild Turkeys are lovely, Rick. I wouldn't be very averse to their faces too; they resemble mine :).
I am with you in greeting our US friends on Thanksgiving Day.

Although I'm not an American I'll post my comment anyway :) I really like the fog in the background and you have exposed this image pretty good considering it was in the forest where the lighting isn't the best.

I would have liked to see the main subject turn to his right just a tad for a better side profile. Another consideration would be some fill flash, but as I said the exposure is good.

Your main subject is clean and sharp and all and all you have an excellent photo Rick.

Hi Rick

Great shot of these turkey, I really like the moody composition, with the trees dissapearing into the mist. having two birds in a shot doesn't always work, this shot is really good. Great sharpness too.


Hello Rick,
wonderful shot of these turkeys. Happy Thanksgiving day!
TFS and greetings,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-27 10:01]

Hello Rick! Great shot of those Turkeys, good use of the available light, very nice, thanks!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-27 10:36]

Hello Rick,
Fantastic sharp-detailed photo, despite the foggy circumstances. Perfect DOF and low POV. Beautiful natural colours. Excellent composition.

Hello Rick

Great low POV,the forest looks wonderful and makes a lovely setting.It is very similar to one near me called the LaRose forest.
I think you managed a good balance between foreground turkey and nicely posed background turkey.
The DOF is well done.
The colours appear natural.These guys are grouping together in flocks around here for the winter.My Dad reported a flock with nearly 100 birds near his house the other day.


Hello Rick,

I like very much the scenery here. Excellent composition with a very good POV. Excellent DOF and sharpness too. Superb light (it seems a bit misty) and colours. A very beautiful picture.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-28 13:32]

Hi Rick,
superb photograph of these Wild Turkeys!
It looks very cold here! :-)
Very sharp with great detail.
Great composition.

Well done,

  • Evelynn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
  • [2008-11-30 23:00]

Another one I missed... Funny thing is, I packed up our Thanksgiving dinner and we had it in our camper in YOUR country. We were in Harrison Mills looking for bald eagles... and found them! We didn't stay long as the weather turned crummy. I think Canada's October Thanksgiving date seems more likely. I can't imagine Pilgrims and Indians calmly enjoying an outdoor feast in late November!!

Your turkeys look mighty plump. I suspect they are protected there in the Cypress Hills. We have your park on our list to visit late next spring. Thanks for the interesting note and good wishes.

Evelynn : ) : ) : ) 3 typed smiles in lieu of a green one!

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-12-03 17:52]

Greetings my Canadian friend,
thank for the image, though I don't think turkeys like Thanksgiving much, it make them nervous. :) If they make it through Thanksgiving, they still have Christmas to worry about. This image is beautiful, though turkeys are not pretty bird but you make it look nice, putting turkey in better light. If American see this image, there will be less turkey being eaten. Really beautiful "shot," I mean photo. Thanks Rick.

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