Sunday, March 17, 2019
A pair of Herring Gulls were squabbling over a freshly-caught Gizzard Shad on the ice here on the Detroit River. One bird was chased off, and the other triumphed in its victory. Until it decided to feed.
As it picked at its meal the fish started sliding forward toward the edge of the ice slab. No matter how hard the gull tried it could not stop momentum, or the river, from taking the fish back.
The Herring Gull could only look on in dull surprise after losing to a dead fish.
Monday, March 11, 2019
Subtle changes are occurring. Ring-billed Gulls are starting to sport their breeding whites and bright red orbitals. Red-winged Blackbirds have set up territories and are appearing in large flocks along with Common Grackles. And, ducks are starting to move inland from the Great Lakes and open rivers to the thawing ponds.
I stopped by the Detroit River for a few minutes last week. Ice was thinning and the water was opening up. As a result, the ducks are spreading out. I've been itching to shoot the Sony a9 and 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens. So, I shot early and often.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Our last BackRoads outing of the trip was a short drive to the Golden Canyon where we proceeded to hike 4 miles with a 900 ft elevation climb. The high winds that started yesterday afternoon started up again early this morning, so warm winds greeted us at the start. We would be hiking the badlands to the observation lookout at Zabriske Point.
|"Piece of Cake", he said...|
|Kim, Robin, Susan|
|Herb and Sharon|
|Alice, Red, Jo, Jim, Julie, Susan, Kim|
|Herb lining up a putt?|
|The Fellowship splitting up|
|Mike, Alice, Jim, Connor, Red, Jo, Kim, Susan (in front)|
|Herb and Sharon|
With frequent rests, water and pure grit we made it out of the canyon and back to the van where electrolytes and food greeted us.
Hopefully, the photos do the place the justice it deserves.
We returned to the Inn and had time to shower and finish packing before a final farewell lunch and trip back to the airport. Robin and I were able to nap in the hotel lobby for an hour or so before we made our way back to Las Vegas.